Tag: african media

by Jennifer Dorroh

Ideas for spurring data-driven journalism, verifying media reports, and creating better tools for investigative and citizen journalism emerged as winners in Africa’s first news innovation contest. The African Media Initiative announced the 20 winners of its African News Innovation Challenge, which aims to drive media innovation by investing $1 million in startup capital. Twenty winners [...] more »

by Jennifer Dorroh

In the slums of Nairobi, many people say they are willing to skip a meal to afford a mobile phone. “A mobile phone helps them to optimize their lives in the long term through better access to information and resources, including food,” said Gabrielle Gauthey, executive vice president of global telecommunications company Alcatel Lucent. “Access [...] more »

by Eszter Farkas

Serious North Africa news junkies are likely aware of growing demands for regime change in Sudan. Protests have spread outward from Khartoum, the capital, over the past few weeks. Hundreds of protesters have been arrested, detained, and beaten. If you’re unaware, perhaps it’s because you’ve been busy following elections in Egypt and Libya. Or maybe [...] more »

by Jennifer Dorroh

In Africa, where mobile news and digital innovation are growing but startup capital is too often scarce, innovators have a unique opportunity to help reinvent media: the African News Innovation Challenge. The newly launched contest, modeled on the Knight News Challenge, will award $1 million (in increments of $12,500 to $100,000) to projects that create [...] more »