© Carline Bon-Ami via 123RF
“African women are often the backbone of their communities and economies but many of the health challenges they face and the resulting impacts on society remain underreported. Poor media coverage translates into poor public understanding of the issues,” explains impactAFRICA programme manager Haji Mohamed Dawjee. “We are therefore looking for stories that help demystify complex issues and give both citizens and policymakers actionable information for better decision-making.”
An independent international jury will choose winners in three categories: best community impact; best audience engagement; and best use of data. The winners will spend 10 days visiting newsrooms in three cities in the US, learning from some of the world’s top digital media outlets.
Journalists should have published, broadcast or produced impactful stories on any platform and in any medium in at least one of the target countries during the period 15 November 2016 to 15 March 2017. The best submissions will highlight solutions and offer evidence that the reportage has had a positive impact on policies or services.
“All impactAFRICA winners help shine a light on blind spots in our societies, using digital and data journalism to help expose under-reported issues in ways that give people information they can use to make better informed decisions,” says Code for Africa director, Justin Arenstein. “Our aim is to support journalism that engages and empowers people.”
For more information, click here.