ANIC is looking for ideas that will transform the way that African media work. This means that your idea should offer significant and tangible improvements to existing tools or techniques, or should propose new ways for African journalists to gather news, tell stories, engage with audiences, or sustain media organisations.
Ideas that have the potential to be replicated or that could scale continentally will have an advantage.
Circle encourages African Communities to create advocacy groups around news events by building a platform for self-organization.
Recovers.org and Dosomething.org have strong platforms for community action. Circle creates a platform for community improvement for underserved Africans by encouraging them to form circles around news events.
Often African media institutions have a hard time getting readers to engage with news items and our platform will help solve that. If Circle is able to build communities around news items then it will create new ways of sharing, discussing and taking actions based on news.
The work is share button similar to stumbleupon and other share buttons on news sites. The first person to share the news starts a project or a circle. The button opens to a web platform where individual groups host projects. Any other user who reads the same news will be asked if he/she wants to join the already established circle. Other members of the circle are encouraged to share and invite their friends to join the circle. Circle allow media organization to reach more people faster through allowing citizens to engage with the news the way they choose.
Temie Giwa is a journalist, editor of Nigerianstalk.org and FrontPage columnist for Ynaija.com and Y! Magazine. After extensive experience working with media organization, she realized that the best way to get people involved in the news is by giving them a platform for action. She lives and works in Uganda.
Kola Tubosun, is a linguist and journalist who writes at Ktravula.com and edits Nigerianstalk Literature Magazine. After his recent Fulbright Scholarship in the United States he discovered that civic participation is the cornerstone of a strong democracy. He has experience building and developing web platforms.
We are still at the idea phase. We are currently working on building a prototype for the site.
We hope to work on a monetization plan that allows Circle to continue operating as a social enterprise.