Find out why you need to get into Data Journalism and how to turn feel-good African stories into an earning opportunity.
1. Journalism trends: The news cycle means information travels faster, often without rigorous fact-checking. Enter Data Journalism which statistics and hard data for credible storytelling; a much-needed skill according to Code For Africa's Tricia Govindasamy. Find outwhy it matters and what you can do to boost your data journalism in this conversation with Tricia andJacopo Ottaviani. They delve into the value of data journalism for citizen journalists and grassroots media and how to turn numbers into compelling stories.
2. Who’s funding? Is there an underreported issue you are passionate about? The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists partners with women journalists to deliver projects that challenge traditional media narratives. The fund also supports media development initiatives. Deadline: Rolling. More info.
3. Training Opportunity: The Alfred Friendly fellowship is a six-month opportunity to learn at the Missouri School of Journalism. The fellow will also be placed in a leading newsroom. Eligibility: Must work in English and aged between 25 and 35 years. Deadline 31 Aug. More info.
5. Stories that moved us: Meet Kemisola Bolarinwa, the Nigerian scientist behind the unique Smart Bra that helps with the early detection of breast cancer, an innovation inspired by losing her aunt to the disease in 2017. Bolarinwa teamed up with a femwear expert, an IT expert, an embedding hardware expert, an AI expert, a software developer, and an oncologist to create a working prototype of a smart bra that has sensors to scan the breast for abnormalities. Breast cancer is the world’s most prevalent cancer and affects 2.5 million African women. Read this and other stories produced by bird here.