ICFJ Knight roundup: Pakistan school shooting story nominated for U.S. award

by Sara Olstad
Oct 30, 2018 in Miscellaneous
For Peshawar screenshot

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.

Express Tribune story nominated for ONA Award, webinar about low-cost mobile apps, and more from the Knight Fellows in this week’s roundup.

Congratulations to ICFJ Knight Fellow Shaheryar Popalzai and The Express Tribune!

The Online News Association announced August 16 that the The Express Tribune’s “For Peshawar” project was nominated for an Online Journalism Award. “For Peshawar” was published on the first anniversary of a terrorist attack that killed 147 people at an army school in northern Pakistan. The data-rich story is an online memorial to the victims with in-depth analysis about how the attack unfolded and what has happened since. The Express Tribune is the only individual news organization from outside the U.S. and Europe to be shortlisted for this year’s awards.

Shayan Naveed, Tribune Labs editor, said “For Peshawar” was the first large-scale digital story published by the Tribune. “We had a total of 18 stories, videos, a year-book style memorial of the victims and many images. We knew the project was ambitious and we managed to pull it off. It’s an honor to be recognized for this story in particularly and be nominated along such big names in the industry.”

ICFJ Knight Fellow Shaheryar Popalzai provided ongoing editorial and product support for the piece.

Free webinar on how to help news outlets get started with low-cost mobile apps

Building and maintaining Android and iOS apps can often be too expensive and time-intensive for small- and medium-sized news outlets. ICFJ Knight Fellow Chris Guess developed “Push,” an open source app that is affordable to implement and can help resource-strapped news organizations to reach their audiences on mobile. Guess will lead a free webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. EDT about “Push” and will provide tips for getting started with apps. Sign up using this form to receive a reminder email about the webinar and to receive links to the slides and video after the webinar is complete.

Journalists and technologists will gather at fifth annual Media Party in Argentina

Meet ICFJ Knight Fellow Chris Roper at Media Party 2016 on August 25-27 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event is organized by Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires (HHBA) and draws more than 1,600 journalists, entrepreneurs, developers and designers from five continents, making it the largest gathering of its kind in Latin America. Former ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariano Blejman established the HHBA chapter in 2011 and started Media Party in 2012. Check out this Media Party preview:

“Dodgy Doctors” recognized among the most innovative tech in Africa

The Guardian recently profiled “Dodgy Doctors” and five other innovative African technologies, which range from 3-D printed limbs to an initiative that is digitizing the South African constitution. Dodgy Doctors” allows citizens to easily search for medical professionals and find out if they are registered to provide the services they offer, helping citizens to avoid unqualified health care providers. It was first launched by Code for Kenya and has been adapted for Nigeria.

Main image screenshot of The Express Tribune's "For Peshawar" story.