The African News Innovation Challenge, whose backers include the Knight Foundation, Google and the International Center for Journalists, has announced 20 winners of its 2012 competition.
The Media Standards Trust, working in collaboration with African partners, has won two awards for:
- MoJo: Keeping media honest by monitoring online journalism
- ZeroNews: a simple tool for African news publishers to disseminate their content
The African News Innovation Challenge, whose partners include the Knight Foundation, Google, the International Center for Journalists, WAN-IFRA, the Omidyar Network and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has announced 20 winners of its 2012 news innovation competition.
Two of these awards go to the Media Standards Trust and its African partners:
1. MoJo: Keeping media honest by monitoring online journalism – South Africa
A user-friendly toolkit of analytical software for African media-monitoring projects and other civic watchdogs. It will help improve media professionalism by keeping the media honest, detecting online censorship and exposing plagiarism.
MST is working with Media Monitoring Africa to port a new, unreleased version of Churnalism.com to be applied, initially, to the South African media and, later, to as much of the African Media as possible.
2. ZeroNews – pan-African
A simple tool for African news publishers to disseminate their content, free of charge, on mobile channels, including Facebook Zero and various Google platforms, so that they can reach a new generation of mobile news consumers in a cost-effective way.
MST is hoping to replicate the zero-rated distribution model of Wikipedia Zero in extending access to news to the largest possible set of people throughout rural Africa.
The Media Standards Trust is delighted to have won these awards and looks forward to collaborating with Media Monitoring Africa in South African and other African media partners.