In a bid to spur innovation in African journalism, Google announced in May 2012 that it would award $1 million to innovative journalists who through digital tools could find new ways to report the news and tell stories.
Following an overwhelming response from over 500 applications submitted, only twenty digital journalism projects have emerged winners of the African News Innovation Challenge, after a jury of 15 international media strategists, technology innovators and other experts evaluated the lot and selected the winners from a shortlist of 40 projects.
According to Google, these projects “range from mobile apps to mobilise citizens against corruption and improved infographics to communicate complex issues, to developing new platforms for sharing content on buses and taxis.”
Winners will receive cash grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000; technology support from a team of four developers at AMI’s jAccelerator lab in Kenya, and business development support from top media strategists affiliated with the World Association of Newspapers & News Publishers.
Ten of the winners would also be flown to the Knight Foundation’s annual M.I.T. Civic Media Conference in the U.S., while the rest will be showcased at other important industry events.
Run by the theAfrican Media Initiative, the African News Innovation Challenge is supported by Omidyar Network, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the U.S. State Department, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).
Here are the winners of the African News Innovation Challenge.