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.
VillageSquare: a web portal that serves the latest news from rural communities in Africa.
No. News media outside communities covers stories, but VillageSquare aims to bring African Village stories, from the community, to a global audience.
Rural folks are often shortchanged in terms of economic developments because policymakers are unaware of their actual needs. VillageSquare will create the platform to bring their needs to the fore for government and civil society to act on. Also, since their stories are often represented, VillageSquare will give them the voice to say their own stoties to the world.
A multimedia platform www.villagestories.com, together with the VillageStories mobile app will be developed. The main features will be VillageNews for sharing news, VillageParliament for discussions/arguments on issues and VillageProjects for enlisting latest development projects in the communities. Partnership will be developed with digital activists and organised groups such as BloggingGhana. Starting from Ghana, selected volunteers will be trained to report news from their communities, using multiple formats such as blogs, microblogs, videos, podcasts and photographs. This content will then be aggregated and broadcast to the world via VillageStories platform.
Gameli Adzaho, a Ghanaian science teacher, tech enthusiast and blogger, who is passionate about social innovation.
The project is currently in the idea stage. In this modern age, the ubiquity of technology can be exploited to give voice to the voiceless. VillageStories, I believe is an idea whose time has come.
An extra feature, VillageMarket, will be developed in subsequent iterations. This will be an e-commerce platform to sell crafts and other unique goods to raise funds to sustain the project. Also, VillageSwag, featuring fashion products and souvenirs will be sold to raise money. Further, revenue from relevant advertisements will be accepted.