A New digital journalism course for African journalists

The StoryLab Academy is offering African journalists ways to modernise their digital storytelling techniques through free online courses

Developed with the support of Code for Africa, Google News Lab and the World Bank’s Global Media Development Programme, StoryLab Academy has just launched a collection of free digital journalism courses. These aim to provide an opportunity for African journalists to improve their digital storytelling with a combination of free online webinars and face-to-face training in various cities.

The StoryLab Academy offers courses in news-gathering, storytelling, audience engagement and sustainability, data journalism, investigative reporting, geo-journalism, verification and digital security. The modules range from 10-minute crash courses that teach quick skills to 30 minute deep dives into more complex techniques.


A lot of the material is based on Google’s NewsLabs training materials and uses many of Google’s free tools. Lessons include video explainers, concise tip-sheets and exercises to immediately try out new skills. Participants will be able to tailor courses to their most pressing needs, by mixing and matching modules. Journalists who need help fast, while on deadline, will be able to learn the exact tool they need in minutes. Most of the courses are designed for beginners.

StoryLab will also provide free newsroom and hack/hackers workshops in various cities around the African continent including in Abuja, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Freetown, Johannesburg, Kampala, Lagos, Nairobi and Yaounde.

We will be reviewing the online course at a later date.

For more information on how to apply and future-proof your storytelling skills, visit the StoryLab Academy and start learning.