Journalists Across 15 African Countries Expand Digital Skills

By: 03/28/2023

After Nyemba Godlive completed a month-long ICFJ training on mobile journalism, she went back to her newsroom in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and started producing videos for her media outlet. Godlive also trained her colleagues so they could use the techniques she had learned in the workshop.

“Opportunities like these, to be trained by the best and for free, are opportunities we wish we could get every three months,” she said.

Godlive is one of 390 journalists from fifteen countries who took part in ICFJ’s African Regional Journalism Workshops, offered in three languages. The online trainings covered ethical newsgathering, investigative reporting, media sustainability and entrepreneurship, mobile journalism and elections journalism. Two dozen journalists from each language cohort were then selected to attend in-person workshops on disinformation and fact-checking. 

“What had the most impact on me was image analysis,” said Côte d’Ivoire’s Axelle Eyenga Daté of the fact-checking training she attended in Dakar, Senegal. “Before, I could say that an image was fake based on gut, but I couldn’t really argue as to why. This training gave me those arguments and the tools to analyze images, videos and texts that seem wrong to me.” 

The African Regional Journalism Workshops were offered in partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Africa Regional Services (ARS). 


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