"Code for Africa has received a $4.7 million grant to fund projects using data, drones and sensors to promote health and development journalism across the continent,"Alastair Reid reported Thursday for journalism.co.uk.
"In announcing the funding, founder Justin Arenstein said Code for Africa will use the money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support newsrooms in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, before expanding into Tanzania next year.
"'Once you liberate data, you can tell some fantastic stories about what's really going on in the country, which are a lot more up to date than some of the other sources people can get hold of,' said Stephen Abbott-Pugh, who led digital projects at the Guardian and UK Parliament before joining Code for Africa as a Knight International journalism Fellow in June. . . ."
- Babatunde Akpeji, mediashift: The Power of Citizen Journalists in Remote, Underserved African Communities