ICFJ Knight roundup: A big week for Africa Check

by Alex Fiorille
Oct 30, 2018 in Data Journalism

Each week as part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field. Find out more about the fellows' projects by clicking here.

Africa Check offers new services, helps a researcher add data to her findings and more in this week's Knight International Media Innovators roundup.

Africa Check data helps shed light on conflict-related deaths

Africa Check, one of the winners of Justin Arenstein’s African News Innovation Challenge, had a big week. Julian Rademeyer, Africa Check’s editor, will be the first journalist to take part in the Visiting Fact-Checker Program of the Duke Reporters’ Lab. Rademeyer will speak to students on the challenges of fact checking Africa and the dangerous fact-checking myths related to the Ebola crisis. Africa Check also launched new commercial services to provide team training, research and analysis for organizations.

Meanwhile, an Africa Check researcher discussed her findings on conflict-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in a video interview on South Africa’s Kyknet.

Interactive analysis examines deforestation policy in Brazil

Fellow Gustavo Faleiros released the interactive analysis “Deforestation Policy” (in Portuguese) on InfoAmazonia that looked at spending by the Brazilian government to preserve the Amazon. This analysis was picked up in stories by Folha de Sao PauloThe Rio TimesFox News Latino and Zee News India.

Investigative journalists break stories using fellows' projects and tools

In a post about ICFJ’s Investigative Reporting Initiative in the Americas (IRIA) providing tools for journalist Rafael Cabrera that helped break the story on “the White House Scandal,” ICFJ's Senior Director of Special Projects Luis Botello featured projects that fellows Miguel Paz, Sandra Crucianelli and Gustavo Faleiros helped guide.

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