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.
Representation of and news content in infographics and interactive applications on web and mobile platforms.
Open Knowledge Foundation, afrographique.tumblr.com and other civic organizations have interactive applications and infographics that creatively states information or budgets and public finance. BudgIT (yourbudgit.com) redefines Nigeria public data with simple data representations for citizens.
The challenge to focus on is engagement and driving literacy to an audience that are not versed in arcane subject matter discussed by journalists. This involves using tools which include infographic and interactive applications models easily accesible via mobile and web to extend understanding to a larger bracket.
A gulf in data interpretation in Nigerians about the key items discussed in news items is noticed and to engage every literacy span, I see the need for the information to be redesigned in an interactive format. Engaging with online media managers of media houses in Nigeria who BudgIT presently has friendly relationship with is very key . This idea will explore developing interactive applications and infographics that media houses can use to engage their audience. It will assist media organizations in developing mobile sites which smart content delivery is best suited for.
Oluseun Onigbinde: He is the Lead Partner of BudgIT. He has four years experience in banking and data research. He is a graduate of Electrical/Electronics Engineering at University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He loves mining data with proficient use of Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, TileMill, Tableau and Google Fusion Applications. He is a recipient of the 2012 Ashoka Fellowship.
Maryam Edun: She is the core data analyst and a graduate of Stastitics at University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
Currently, this idea towards redefining media representation of data emanates from BudgIT, my civic startup which presently has redefined the engagement of Nigerians on social networks and offline forums around budget and public data. BudgIT via yourbudgit.com has Nigerian budget stripped into infographics and also during the fuel subsidy strikes in January, it built the Budget Cut App (yourbudgit.com/kut/) to inform Nigerians about the size of the budget. We expect to extend this to other news items by building a structure with online news portals on using interactive and infographics in engaging citizens on key issues of society.
This project will focus on using present grants in engaging developers, platform building and content management needed in developing infographic displays and interactive applications that are easily understood across literacy spans. Sustainablity will rest on developing premium features and consultancy to corporate organizations and research organizations who are interested in fine data represenation and analysis.