$4.7 Million Data Journalism Initiative Launched in Africa

Justin Arenstein
Aug 13, 2015 · 6 min read
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  • Pioneer sensor journalism and drone journalism projects across a number of countries to give citizens ‘actionable information’ on issues ranging from air and water pollution, to poaching and natural disasters or civil unrest.
  • Embed civic technologists and data journalists in newsrooms to help explore ways to improve journalism by using data-driven content, mobile platforms and audience engagement technologies to create ‘cross media’ stories such as LivingWage.
  • Expand on CfAfrica’s successful data literacy d|Bootcamps, which were pioneered in Kenya in 2012, and have since seen African technologists share their expertise at events in 25 countries across the world, from Nepal and Moldova, to Bolivia and the U.S.A.
  • Stephen Abbott Pugh, a former executive producer at the UK’s Guardian and former head of digital projects for the UK Parliament, who will design and supervise audience engagement strategies.
  • Catherine Gicheru, former founding editor-in-chief of Kenya’s Star newspaper and an international award-winning investigative journalist, who will drive the initiative in the East African nation.
  • Raymond Joseph, a longtime South African editor, newsroom consultant and social media strategist, who will lead a new data journalism training program, or “cadet school,” in South Africa.
  • Babatunde Akpeji, a Nigerian multimedia journalist and citizen reporting expert, who will head the project in Africa’s largest nation.

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Justin Arenstein

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Journalist working with #CivicTech and #OpenData. ICFJ Fellow. Director at Code for Africa + African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR).

Code For Africa

Africa's largest civic technology and data journalism initiative

Justin Arenstein

Written by

Journalist working with #CivicTech and #OpenData. ICFJ Fellow. Director at Code for Africa + African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR).

Code For Africa

Africa's largest civic technology and data journalism initiative

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