Catherine Gicheru

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ICFJ Knight Fellow Catherine Gicheru is a veteran Kenyan editor who is working with the Code for Kenya open-data initiative to promote data journalism and civic innovation as a means to strengthen storytelling and audience engagement.

Prior to the fellowship, she was a Reuters Fellow at Oxford University, where she studied the challenges facing print media throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Latest Stories

Kenya political violence highlights urgent need to fight fake news

The disinformation circulated during Kenya's elections is the latest example of how fake news can potentially exacerbate political tensions to the point of violence. What's a journalist to do?

Catherine Gicheru | August 31, 2017

App empowers Kenya’s citizen reporters to document breaking news

Kenya's biggest news organizations are developing apps to allow citizens to contribute footage and generate stories of their own.

Catherine Gicheru | August 18, 2017

8 reasons why journalists should use data to improve their stories

Kenya-based journalist Catherine Gicheru is working to expand use of data in African newsrooms. Here, she shares eight insights on why using data to aid reporting is so crucial for journalists. 

Catherine Gicheru | August 25, 2016

Dodgy Doctors tool claims new successes in Kenya

Thanks to a data-driven tool from Code for Africa and Kenya's The Star, Kenyan citizens have a way to protect themselves from fake doctors — and government policy is changing as a result.

Catherine Gicheru | March 22, 2016

African journalists must do more to protect themselves online

ICFJ Knight Fellow Catherine Gicheru lists three areas of focus and six resources that African journalists can use to increase their online safety. 

Catherine Gicheru | January 26, 2016

How Kenyan journalists expose government corruption

What can journalists do to fight corruption and ensure that action is taken? ICFJ Knight Fellow Catherine Gicheru explains.

Catherine Gicheru | December 22, 2015

Communicating complex ideas to the public? Here's how to achieve simplicity

ICFJ Knight Fellow Catherine Gicheru offers communications officers within academia and research tips on how to simplify information for the media and general public.

Catherine Gicheru | October 30, 2015

Why journalists and technologists must collaborate

ICFJ Knight Fellow Catherine Gicheru explains how journalists and coders can work together to make sense of public data and tell more compelling stories that serve citizen issues.

Catherine Gicheru | August 12, 2015