Two international bodies have vied their support for the Digital Journalism Initiative. One of the two international bodies that supports the initiative is Google through its subsidiary, Google News Lab. The other international body is World Bank.
Digital Journalism Initiative is a platform to train African journalists about data journalism, and also to improve their skills in approaching web tools and the web itself generally. Digital Journalism Initiative is a mastermind from technology initiative, Code For Africa.
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The Digital Journalism Initiative is expected to run for nine months, which means it will come to a close by February 2018. The Digital Journalism Initiative will take place across several cities in Africa. The cities include: Abuja, Lagos, Nairobi, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Casablanca, Dakar, Freetown, Dar es Salaam, Kampala, and Yaounde.
The support offered by these international bodies isn’t directly in the form of funds, but in the form of training. However, we won’t ignore the fact that the training also cost some amount of money. The training that will be given to the journalists will be in three forms which are: in-person training, a MOOC (massive open online course) and study group meetings.
The in-person training will take place in three newsrooms, and it starts on June 13 2017. The in-person training will occur twice a month during the course of the Digital Journalism Initiative. The MOOC is done online and can be done any time. While Cameroon, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda will be home to the study group meetings.
Daniel Sieberg, Head of Training & Development at Google News Lab stated that the Digital Journalism Initiative will be a tool in moderating the way news will be told to the Africans and how the consumers will consume the information.
“With the Digital Journalism initiative we want to contribute to the growth of Africa’s news and media ecosystem by training present and future practitioners on how to employ existing tools to tell stories, and support them to create locally-relevant tools that will reshape how Africans consume news,” said Daniel.