Code for Africa StoryLab Academy Program 2017 for Journalists across Africa

The StoryLab Academy brings together the best of Google, the World Bank, and Code for Africa’s data journalism resources and technology to support high-quality journalism in Africa.

For journalists, recent advances in digital technology present compelling new opportunities to discover, tell, and share stories. But learning how to use new digital tools for reporting can be daunting. This is particularly true in Africa where digital integration in news and storytelling often remains a challenge. Across the continent, few journalism institutions offer training programs in digital tools and news organization lack the capability to leverage new digital technologies in their reporting.

The StoryLab Academy offers journalists across Africa training in skills like mobile reporting, mapping, data visualization, verification, new forms of storytelling, and fact checking. In partnership with the World Bank, Code For Africa, and Google, the digital journalism initiative aims to train more than 6,000 journalists across the region before the end of 2017.

Program Details:

The newsrooms in each city under the StoryLab Academy will have access to:

  • Online, self-paced digital media courseware
  • On-site hands-on workshops on how to apply design methodologies in the newsroom
  • Ideation and prototyping sessions to define newsroom challenges and ideate solutions
  • Fireside chats and ignite talks with top innovation leaders


  • Meet and learn from leading global innovators
  • Learn how other industries approach innovation
  • Discover and master design methodologies that solve everyday challenges
  • Develop leadership skills to help you get things done in your team
  • Get free resources to bring back to the newsroom
  • Receive snapshots and tips from each Academy meeting throughout the year

The StoryLab Academy offers ongoing online self-paced digital media courseware, newsroom-based workshops, along with monthly meetups in partnership with local Hacks/Hackers chapters.

Participation is free-of-charge. All you need to do is commit to use your new skills to create awesome journalism!

Apply Now for the Code for Africa StoryLab Academy Program 2017

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Code for Africa StoryLab Academy Program 2017


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