Free courses on digital journalism, StoryLab Academy

The StoryLab Academy is providing an opportunity for you to improve your digital storytelling with a combination of free online webinars and face-to-face training in a city or space near you. If you’re keen to learn a new skill, or brush up on an old one, we’ll be offering courses in:

News-gathering | Storytelling | Audience Engagement & Sustainability | Data Journalism | Investigative reporting | Geo-Journalism | Verification | Digital Security

The courses are underwritten by Google News Lab and the World Bank, and are presented by industry experts from Code For Africa’s StoryLab.

Register here for a launch invite.

According to the recently published report by the International center for Journalists, The State of Technology in Global Newsrooms, around 70% of newsrooms in Sub-Saharan Africa describe themselves as digital only or a hybrid of new and old technology but only around half of the new hires have experience with digital publishing tools.

The StoryLab Academy is designed to address the skills gap with free courses in Data Journalism, Verification, Security, Geo Journalism, Multimedia and Investigative Reporting. Each course is broken down into short lessons of no more than 15 minutes in length and can be completed at journalist’s own pace.

The StoryLab Academy operates in four key ways:

  • By partnering with newsrooms and universities, we take classroom materials to working journalists and students as part of their organization’s training and development programmes in 12 African Cities.
  • Through the network of Hacks/Hackers chapters, we are hosting regular events using the same training materials for audiences of journalists, activists, and technologists who don’t have organizational access to our courses.
  • At the end of this month, we will be launching our Massively Open Online Course (MOOC). These course materials will be free for all to access and will supplement the taught courses and provide training for journalists not able to take part in physical sessions.

Be sure to Register here today for unlimited access to resources to take your career to the next level.

The StoryLab Academy Team.

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