Data Journalism resources

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Maybe you’ve already heard us at the European Journalism Centre talk about it. But now it’s real. After 10 years of supporting journalists in learning data skills, we’re proud to present our brand new space: DataJournalism.com!

DataJournalism.com is a training centre, a community, and an industry-focused publication. It brings together the Data Journalism Handbooks and our video courses, as well as cool new areas for community discussion and Long Reads written by the field’s top experts. The project is supported by the Google News Initiative.

It’s free to join, and all members receive a goodie bag full with promotions and discounts. This bag includes access to security app 1Password, scraping made easier with DIFFBOT, email providers ProtonMail & FastMail, off-shore hosting on FLOKINET, mind mapping tool MindMeister, beautiful charts with Piktochart, surveys on Survs, web hosting with SiteGround, and writing with ProWritingAid.

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Webinar: Access to Justice for the Right to Housing, Namati, Tuesday 23 April 5pm

Tue, Apr 23, 2019 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EAT (Kenya time)
Free webinar

An estimated 1.8 billion people lack adequate housing. Homelessness and forced evictions are on the rise in virtually every country, while sanitation and access to basic services remain dire. 

In her recent report, Leilani Farha, the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, recognized that “the global housing crisis is rooted in a crisis in access to justice because without access to justice, housing is not properly recognized, understood or addressed as a human right.”

On April 23, join us for a webinar led by Ms. Farha and a group of grassroots activists to discuss findings from the report, how it can be used as a tool to advocate for policy change, and why “access to justice for the right to housing is inseparable from the right itself.”

During this webinar, we will discuss the main conclusions of the report and how it can help as a tool to advocate for policy changes and improved access to justice. A group of grassroots organizations from the global south will provide feedback on the report, reflecting on experiences from their own contexts in promoting access to justice for informal settlement and disadvantaged urban communities.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7087870164834075916

Grassroots groups, including Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (Nigeria), Katiba Institute (Kenya), and Civil Association for Equality and Justice (Argentina) have been at the forefront of pressing for housing justice. This webinar, organized together with International Development Research Centre, Canada, will provide space for these frontline practitioners to reflect on their experiences and catalogue the challenges and successes they’ve faced. 

Participants will explore strategies for promoting the right to housing and a broader set of social and economic rights in informal settlements — including how to foster and strengthen the voice of residents in housing rights advocacy, how to navigate collaborations and confrontations with local governments, and innovative legal empowerment approaches to unlocking the poverty penalty that batters already vulnerable groups. 

Internships at InformAction, deadline 29 March

OPPORTUNITY FOR INTERNSHIP AT INFORMATION LTD

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR INTERNSHIP POSITION

March 2019

The organization

InformAction (IFA) is a not-for-profit human rights and social justice organization that uses film and community discussions to get ordinary people to speak out on their shared concerns and take action for responsibility and accountability by public officials. IFA operates through mobile field teams – using a car, screen, projector and camera – to show films to thousands of ordinary people throughout Kenya every week and facilitate discussion on the relevance of the issues in the films. Experienced activists and facilitators lead community discussions on human rights, social justice and governance, while video journalists film the discussions and continuously record people’s experiences on human rights, social justice and public governance dynamics.

IFA’s core principle is that sustainable, progressive, democratic change requires an informed citizenry empowered to speak truth to power. It catalyzes ordinary people to hold peaceful actions to demand accountability and change. By screening films in the regions and holding dynamic community discussions, IFA encourages diverse opinions within communities, and cross-community empathy and understanding.

Since its founding in 2010 InformAction has empowered hundreds of thousands of Kenyans in rural and marginalized areas, profiling the demands for change through innovative media and action. It has focused on human rights, impunity, governance, and justice for victims of political violence.

The Vision of IFA is an informed and empowered society that speaks truth to power and demands accountability and social justice and its Mission is to inform and empower communities in Kenya in order to catalyze public debate and action for a just and accountable society.

Internship Position:

InformAction now seeks to recruit an intern to join its Administration and Human Resources Management and Development team in the Nairobi Base. The key functions of this position are:

  • Support the IFA Administrator in the implementation of administrative and human resources management policies, procedures and decisions
  • Work with the Administrator on ensuring the organization’s conformity to and compliance with all statutory obligations and requirements relating to administration and human resources management
  • Work closely with the organization’s senior management and field team leaders to continuously assess and appropriately respond to needs for office equipment, facilities, supplies and utilities
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on developing and executing an organization-wide internal communication strategy
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on communication of executive and management decisions, follow-up on implementation and feedback
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on generating and drafting policy and position documents on various organizational and external issues
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on ensuring effective execution of work place safety and security policies, procedures and practices

Minimum requirements:

The suitable candidate must have and demonstrate the following as a minimum;

  1. Be a Kenyan citizen, resident in Nairobi or prepared to be resident in Nairobi during the period of internship;
  2. Be a first degree graduate in any of the following areas of university study: Political Science, Public Administration, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication, Journalism and Media Studies, Creative and Performing Arts, or Law;
  3. Should have graduated (first degree) within the period starting March 2017 and ending March 2019
  4. MUST be desirous of, focused on and committed to pursuing civic activism, defense and promotion of human rights, social justice and accountable public governance in the context of public benefit or civil society sector;
  5. Demonstrate ability to work independently and as a tolerant and patient team player;
  6. Demonstrate well developed written and oral communication skills, as well as negotiation and representation skills, with ability to communicate clearly and sensitively with staff and external stakeholders;
  7. Be resilient, flexible and adaptable to an ever changing work environment and situations, able to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including high security risks;
  8. Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to diversity at the workplace and ability to work in diverse cultural contexts appropriately;
  9. Must be well planned and organized especially in a flexible working environment and have capacity for initiative and decision making with analytical and problem solving skills;
  10. Must be emotionally mature;
  11. A good knowledge of financial management and accounting procedures will be an added advantage.

This is not a paid position. InformAction will however offer a monthly stipend limited to the successful candidate’s reasonable public transport commuting expenses. The successful candidate must be willing to commit to a six (6) months’ internship tenure.

If you are interested in this opportunity and you meet the above qualifications, please send an email with your CV with 3 referees, and a cover letter latest by the 29th of March 2019 to info@informaction.tv

RVI Event: Participation, Voice and Governance in Investment Corridors in Africa: The case of LAPSSET on Thursday 14 Feb 10-12 Nairobi

RIFT VALLEY FORUM  | EAST AFRICA  | EVENT

Participation, Voice and Governance in Investment Corridors in Africa: The case of LAPSSET

THURSDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2019 | 10:00 | NAIROBI | SEMINAR ROOM | LAIKIPIA ROAD | KILELESHWA

Since 2012, the Kenyan government has begun commissioning work on the Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Corridor) project, commonly known as LAPSSET. The corridor, which consists of road, railway and new port facilities, promises to radically alter the landscape of northern Kenya—a historically marginalized region.

Communities living in the corridor have raised concerns about the project’s potential negative impact on the environment, their livelihood systems and culture. Meanwhile, local residents, as well as people from across the country, are also anticipating the potential benefits that the corridor may bring. This has stimulated competition between different groups, and the government, to gain control over land and other resources.

On 14 February 2019, the Rift Valley Forum will host a panel discussion to disseminate a new report —Participation, Voice and Governance in Investment Corridors in Africa: the case of the Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project, LAPSSET—produced by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies of the University of Western Cape, in partnership with the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa Programme. The report examines the extent to which smallholder farmers, fishers, women and youth have been included in the implementation of LAPSSET, and its potential impact on these communities.

The study aims to create an evidence-based assessment of implicit or explicit barriers that prevent smallholders, women and youth from the decision-making processes involving the design and implementation of corridors.

REGISTER HERE

Moderator

Hussein Mahmoud
Technical University of Mombasa

Presenter

Ngala Chome
Durham University

Panelists

Somo Abu Somo
Lamu County Beach Management Unit

Raya Famao Ahmed
Sauti Ya Wanawake, Lamu County Chapter

Peter Mungai
Lake Kenyatta Farmers’ Cooperative Society

Umulkher Athman
Lamu Youth Alliance

Job: Africa Communications and Media Manager, MercyCorps

Closing date: 07 Mar 2019

https://reliefweb.int/job/2978738/africa-communications-and-media-manager-kenya

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. [More info below.]

Program / Department Summary

The Media Relations team is a small but dynamic group of professionals dedicated to getting the word out about Mercy Corps’ outstanding work to help people around the world survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. The team strives to raise Mercy Corps’ public profile by working with international press and supports the agency’s fundraising and advocacy efforts.

General Position Summary

The Communication and Media Manager supports the global Media Relations team and Africa regional leadership team in articulating programmatic impact in our communities to advance profile-raising, advocacy and fundraising goals. S/he will actively enhance and grow Mercy Corps media network in Africa and elevate our reputation as a reference point for an informed and meaningful voice on key issues in the region. S/he will work on improving internal communications within the region to further accent achievements of the greater team. The Communication and Media Manager reports to the Communications Director and works in close partnership with the Regional Team and Country Directors.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision

  • In coordination with the Regional Team and the Global Media Relations team, develop and implement Africa communications and media engagement in line with the global Mercy Corps communications strategy.
  • Contribute to the analysis of topics and events relevant to Mercy Corps’ work in Africa.
  • Serve as the primary point person for all queries related to the Mercy Corps brand in the Africa and work in close collaboration with the Global Brand team to ensure brand efforts are in line with the wider global brand strategy.

Media and Communications Management

  • Serve as a point person for media queries for Mercy Corps Africa in coordination with the assigned Global Media Leads on various issues and serve as a spokesperson when required.
  • Identify media trends that could constitute an opportunity or a threat for Mercy Corps.
  • Develop and implement media outreach plans; coordinate with fundraisers, brand marketing and web content experts to align storytelling and maximize value of outreach.
  • Deploy to countries across the continent when needed to research stories, conduct media outreach, and gather stories, photo and video content.
  • Attend internal and external communication and media meetings and events.
  • Strengthen and expand Mercy Corps’ network of Africa contacts in traditional and social media domains, in coordination with global efforts.
  • Initiate and/or support the production of communication and media materials for Africa, including talking points, news releases, contributed pieces and fact sheets.
  • Actively work with Country Directors and teams on content gathering based on data analysis and learning generated from programs.
  • Support Country Directors and teams in content review for public outreach material.
  • Support the global team in content and information gathering for multiple purposes, including media engagement, advocacy and fundraising.
  • Serve as an active member of any regional crisis and response planning and action.
  • Assist global communications team with other duties (backfill) as needed.

Team Management

  • Assist country-level communications members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
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Komla Dumor Award 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

BBC World News Komla Dumor Award 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fifth year. 

Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa. 

The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in London, gaining skills and experience. 

Applications close on 26 February 2019 at 23:59 GMT.

The award was established to honour Komla Dumor, an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster and presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

This year’s award is being launched from the Nigerian city of Lagos.

It will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.

As well as spending time with the BBC in London, the winner will also get to travel to Africa to report a story – and have that story shared across the continent and the world.

Previous winners:

  • 2015: Nancy Kacungira from Uganda
  • 2016: Didi Akinyelure from Nigeria
  • 2017: Amina Yuguda from Nigeria
  • 2018: Waihiga Mwaura from Kenya

Kenyan journalist Waihiga Mwaura won last year’s award and reported from Togo for his main project about young innovators turning e-waste into 3D printers and robots.

Waihiga said that you could always sense “the passion in the way Komla told the African story”.

“His will to change the narrative about Africa was one of the reasons he stood out amongst other international broadcasters,” the 2018 award winner said.

“I feel the placement at the BBC – working with Komla’s friends and colleagues – has helped me to continue Komla’s remarkable work, and I look forward to a day when more African journalists of the calibre of Komla will be able to tell unique African stories from different outlets around the world.”Ahead of the inaugural award, Komla Dumor’s former colleagues reflected on the broadcaster’s talent

Waihiga will take part in the 2019 launch event, chairing a debate for the BBC World Service about the power of young Nigerians in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Jamie Angus, director of the BBC World Service Group, said: 

“In an era when impartial and factual journalism has never mattered more, it’s important that we look to the journalists who know, understand and can contextualise African stories for global audiences so that we can offer a full picture of what’s happening across the continent. 

“All of the previous winners have shown they’re exceptional journalists, and have brought insights in to how to improve engagement with local audiences.

“We’re very pleased to be continuing Komla’s legacy and are looking forward to finding another outstanding journalist from the continent.”

  • To see if you are eligible for the role and to apply, click here
  • You can also spread the word on social media using the hashtag #BBCKomlaAward.

Environmental Justice Fellowship, Natural Justice

The Natural Justice Programme in Kenya is offering an opportunity for those seeking to learn about environmental justice in Kenya.  

The Environmental Justice Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to young, up and coming Kenyan professionals who are passionate about supporting communities in securing rights to their lands, resources and knowledge. The EJ Fellows will be introduced to a broad spectrum of issues within environmental and human rights law and provided hands-on experience and training in research, legal empowerment, data collection and analysis, public interest litigation, analysis on laws and regulations, and advocacy. Throughout the Fellowship, the fellows will have the opportunity to spend time and work directly with communities, community-based organizations and community paralegals. At the completion of the Fellowship, each fellow will submit a research report on a topic of interest within the environmental justice area. 

The Fellowships will run for 10 months with a modest salary offered.

Deadline: Friday the 22nd of February at 5pm East African Time.

The call for applications can be found at this link and also attached to this email:https://naturaljustice.org/job/environmental-justice-fellowship-kenya/

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