Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kenyan Concept among CrowdSourced Journalism Award winners

A Kenyan project was named among three concepts as winners of the first Crowdsourced Journalism Award for Africa by the Big Picture Digital Journalism project, an initiative of Internews Europe and International Press Institute.
‘This is My Backyard’ submitted by Anjali Nayar, an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Nairobi, was among the inaugural winners.
Representing Kenya, the project seeks to use crowdsourced journalism to gather and disseminate information on the subject of land and resources in Africa.

The other two winners were Tanzania’s ‘Tanzglo’, which was submitted by Byekwaso Cosmas, the founder of Tanzglo and Business Manager at Ebony Fm and Zimbabwe’s ‘CCDN’ submitted by Eddington Mutakiwa Shayanowako, Coordinator at Chitungwiza Community Development Network.
The two projects use crowdsourced journalism to give ordinary citizens control over news agendas as well as raising awareness on issues important to their audience.
The awards received 67 crowdsourced journalism concept proposals submitted from 13 countries across Africa.

Here are the other Kenyan-based journalism concepts that were shortlisted in the top 10 concepts:
‘Disaster Reporting’
Submitted by: Robert Mureithi, a Blogger and Facilitator
Summary:  goal is to use crowdsourcing tools as aids to accurate reporting.
Summary: Aims to use crowdsourced journalism to increase collaboration and reduce tensions.

“The public have insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.” – Oscar Wilde.
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