African data journalism is set to receive a $4.7-million boost as part of a new initiative that will help civic technologists work with newsrooms across the continent.
The three-year programme at Code for Africa (CfAfrica) initially targets newsrooms in three regional ‘hub’ nations: Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.
It will expand to include Tanzania in 2016, and will also tap into CfAfrica’s digital experimentation in newsrooms elsewhere in Africa.
The initiative grew out of a series of successful pilot projects by the International Center for Journalists.
The $4.7-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will scale these successes in the hub countries.
Chris Roper, former editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian, will serve as the team’s data editor.
Roper said he intends using his business strategy insights to help other publishers develop robust revenue models.