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 will receive between $10,000 and $100,000, along with tech support and business development advice.
"Finding and supporting great ideas for improving news reporting was one of our chief aims," said African Media Initiative Chief Executive Amadou Mahtar Ba. "But an equally important objective was to kick-start a pan-African community of news innovators and journalism technologists."10