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African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC)
African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC)
African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC)
African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC)
African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC)
African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC)
African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC)
African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC)
African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC)
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African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC)

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Africa's largest umbrella association of media owners and c-level executives, AMI, is launching an annual $1m innovation fund to spur experimentation and digital adaption in newsrooms. …

Africa's largest umbrella association of media owners and c-level executives, AMI, is launching an annual $1m innovation fund to spur experimentation and digital adaption in newsrooms.

The initiative is supported by the Omidyar Network, Google, the Knight Foundation, the Gates Foundation, WAN-IFRA, the US State Dept., and the Konrad Adenhauer Stiftung (KAS).

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  • 2. $1 Million in Prizes An annual pan-African innovation competition to encourage digital experimentation . Based on proven models , with industry leaders as funding & capacity partners. Designed to nurture an ‘innovation ecosystem ’ for low-cost, low-risk experimentation with rapid iteration / prototyping.
  • 3. Tangible Solutions Solutions to real-world challenges faced by African legacy media. Wide focus that embraces everything from audience engagement & content distribution, to new revenue models, workflow systems, etc. Preference for scalable solutions that leverage mass media technologies .
  • 4. More Than Money Prizes range from $12,500 up to $100,000 in seed funding . Additional one-on-one business mentorship to build sustainable revenue models. Additional engineering / incubation support. Additional marketing / rollout support .
  • 5. Timelines & Processes Industry will help shape themes / categories by Q1 2012. Deadline for Applications Q2 2012. Two-phase judging process with finalists announced Q3 2012. Winners announced at AMLF 2012.
  • 6. Development Phase Cash prizes transferred in tranches , as delivery benchmarks achieved. Encouraged to beta-test in AMI member newsrooms. International roadshow + African Symposium to showcase working prototypes in 2013.
  • 7. Building Community Hacks/Hackers networks to build communities of journalism-focused programmers / developers. Quarterly mini-challenges for proof-of-concept experimentation + team-building . Tackle topic-based challenges via hackathons , experiment with data journalism , transfer technical skills , build newsroom tools .
  • 8. Pilot Projects Assist AMI partner media to run larger newsroom experiments . Connect innovators / entrepreneurs with tech skills and/or solutions to newsrooms. Help newsrooms scale homegrown solutions. Help newsrooms localise global solutions.
  • 9. Share Knowledge Success good – but failure also instructive , as long as fail fast. Document the successes / failures, in tech detail, so we can avoid repeatedly reinventing the wheel. Repository for experiments, code, case studies, tools, and expertise.
  • 10. www.africannewschallenge.org www.africanmediainitiative.org

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