Chris Roper

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ICFJ Knight Fellow Chris Roper is the data editor for ICFJ’s Code for Africa (CfAfrica) data journalism initiative in four hub countries: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania.

Roper is a veteran digital strategist with more than 15 years experience in different newsrooms implementing digital programs for the changing media landscape and as a means to creating better journalism. He has been a longtime pioneer of digital journalism, giving it a central position alongside print media in journalism.

Latest Stories

5 opportunities and challenges facing African newsrooms

What is the state of media in Africa, and where is it going? Five takeaways from Chris Roper's keynote address at Osiwa’s forum for West African media in Benin.

Chris Roper | June 04, 2018

‘Boring’ data produces important stories about traffic fines and safety

Municipal financial data isn't the most exciting topic. Here's how Code for South Africa overcame this challenge to produce a high-impact investigative story on the country's skewed traffic fines.

Chris Roper | February 25, 2016

New data journalism tool highlights domestic worker salaries in South Africa

ICFJ Knight Fellow Chris Roper explains the design and impact of Code for South Africa's Living Wage Calculator, a tool that helps South Africans calculate how much they should pay their domestic workers.

Chris Roper | September 08, 2015

Building data journalism products with users in mind

Roper suggests conceptualizing each project with three distinct groups in mind: partners, users and audience, with each group needing its own metric for monitoring success. 

Chris Roper | July 30, 2015