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.
With the use of CCTV cameras, interesting stories can be done. Things happen in areas with no journalist to attend to them.
No one is doing this at least here in my country. But interesting stories happen in places and sometimes by the time a reporter is there, the incident is off.
Avoiding the traditional press conferences that every other media house goes for, and bringing the real world to the people. covering community stories, and showing how people live. This for example in some parts of my country can show the different tactics pick pockets use to steal from people.
It will work because it is first of all new, so many people do not know about it yet. These cameras have not been used to cover news here yet they can be very resourceful. Also very funny things happen and sometimes when a camera shows up, it loses its naturalism. there is a way people act when they see a camera, with the CCTV cameras, news comes in naturally..no acting and i realize people want real stuff, not acting because they also identify with it.
I would be the one to work on it, may be with a few more people because for now, no one is working on it here.
For now, am doing community based stories, and these have given me an idea of how massive it can become when the CCTV cameras are brought on board.
I know for a fact if it is a successful project, no media house would reject it. Here in my country people community news is what people have proved they prefer to be brought to them.