From Ecuador

Three years after the Ecuadorian government passed a controversial media law aimed at dismantling the power of private media conglomerates, we travel to Quito to see what impact the legislation has had on levelling the media’s uneven playing field. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBUTNURWoIA&feature=youtu.be

Shaking things app – how smartphones revolutionised Nigerian music

Boiler Room’s recent broadcast from Nigeria – which we’re revisiting on Guardian Music today – broke new ground. It was the first time a show had been live-streamed from a Lagos nightclub to the world. With the club’s own Wi-Fi connection offering a flickering, untrustworthy signal, the stream was facilitated by chaining multiple mobile sim […]

USD1 Million innovate AFRICA Fund for digital media launched

The new innovateAFRICA Fund is offering media pioneers on the continent $1 million in support for leapfrog technologies or digital innovation. The support programme offers a combination of seed funding, technology support and expert mentorship. It is open to both mainstream media organisations and individual innovators. The deadline for applications is 01 December 2016. Project […]

Inspiring storytelling from around the world

From Ecuador to Armenia to Kyrgyzstan: these are some of the most innovative storytelling projects that you may have not heard of. Gathered by Maria Teresa Ronderos, Director of the Program on Independent Journalism at the Open Society Foundations, to emphasize “the fundamental role of independent journalism in creating and maintaining healthy, democratic societies.” Probably most people sort of […]

Innovation in Denmark: building a community willing to pay for quality journalism

In order to succeed in the new media market, you have to rethink the relationship between journalists and readers, according to Danish publication Zetland, which is well on the way to building a community of readers willing to pay for quality journalism. As one of four co-founders, all from legacy news organisations, Editor-in-Chief Lea Korsgaard wanted to […]

Working to grow audiences in Africa: An interview with Churchill Otieno

Churchill Otieno, managing editor for digital at NMG, will be the keynote speaker at WAN-IFRA’s upcoming Digital Media Africa conference, 28-30 September in Johannesburg, South Africa. In this email interview, Otieno discussed the group’s activities on digital platforms, their recent success with a major data journalism project, and his goals for this year. WAN-IFRA: As managing […]

8 reasons why journalists should use data to improve their stories

ICFJ Knight Fellow Catherine Gicheru recently spoke with a group of journalism students in Nairobi about using data to improve news stories. Gicheru, an award-winning investigative journalist and former editor of Kenya’s fastest growing newspaper, The Star, is leading efforts to expand the use of data by Kenyan newsrooms. Here are a few tips and insights […]