ICFJ Knight roundup: A recap of the science journalism 'Data Quest' in South Africa

byAlyssa Mesich
Oct 23, 2015 in Miscellaneous
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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.

Data visualizations and stories from a recent open data event, last chance to attend the Chicas Poderosas conference in Mexico and more from the Knight Fellows in this week’s roundup.

Liberating South Africa’s open data

Code for South Africa and their partners hosted Liberate SA's Data on Saturday, October 24th. The event, held simultaneously in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria, brought together journalists, designers, developers and engaged citizens to support open data in South Africa. Groups worked together to produce stories with social relevance, with at least one high-impact data visualization, using open data sets. Follow #SAOpenData to find out what happened. 

HacksLabs projects shine light on Argentina’s political candidates before elections

As Argentine voters head to the polls to elect a new president and legislature, ICFJ-supported projects are helping them make more informed choices. Chequeado, a grantee of the data journalism incubator HacksLabs, started by ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariano Blejman, has published a set of data graphics in the leading daily La Nación evaluating candidates’ policy proposals and statements. Another HacksLabs grantee, Cargografias, has assembled timelines that stretch back several decades to chart candidates’ evolution on issues, providing historical context for voters.

Open Government Fellow examines the need for accountability in Nigeria’s defense services

Seember Nyager, one of the four Code for Africa and Open Knowledge Open Government Fellows, is focusing on the challenges of the Nigerian public procurement system. In her most recent Medium blog “Why public accountability matters to Nigeria’s national security,” she explores the lack of proactive compliance rankings at 14 security sector institutions.

Last chance to register for tomorrow’s Chicas Poderosas event in Mexico

Chicas Poderosas, the women journalists’ empowerment group founded by former ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariana Santos, is hosting its latest conference this weekend, Oct. 24-25. Don’t miss out on the chance to attend presentations and workshops on crafting narratives, data journalism, basic coding and other tools to enhance journalists’ skills in the digital age. ICFJ Knight Fellow Jorge Luis Sierra will lead a session on digital security, which is crucial for journalists reporting from many parts of Latin America. Register for the program here.

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