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.
Develop an online portal (mobile & desktop) to document life in Africa through powerful visual storytelling essays / editorials.
African Lens will provide a sustainable business for photojournalism works in Africa. This doesn’t exist today - i.e a model to fund and develop important stories that need to be told.
In the photojournalism space in Africa, there are 2 main challenges :
To create a commercially viable model, we are looking to do 3 things:
Access to the content itself will be free across all our platforms. We intend to deeply integrate social media tools to drive engagement. Creating a truly social environment around our stories, to engage about issues impacting our lives, will drive audience interest, participation and engagement.
African Lens is currently run by Victor Acquah. It began over 2 years ago as an online portal to showcase interesting stories from Africa though free user submissions. Free quality user stories from Africa are very hard to come by. This funding will allow us to do the following:
The website for African Lens has been active for the past 2 years ( http://www.africanlens.com) with a pretty vibrant community in the online social space. However, it needs a refresh to make it more social friendly and more importantly, an iOS app to give us a better monetization platform and reach.
By making it commercially viable at the beginning i.e pursuing digital ad opportunities on the platform, content syndication partnerships and several other avenues depending on the type of content provided by the story. e.g collaborative exhibitions with major museums.