Digital journalism free class (mooc)

The news cycle is relentless: it doesn’t allow for journalists to take weeks off to learn new skills.

That’s why Code for Africa, with support from Google News Lab and the World Bank’s Global Media Development Programme, has launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) specifically designed for African journalists.

The MOOC is free of charge and launches with 47 lessons created by some of the world’s leading digital journalism experts. Structured around six initial courses, the lessons start with basic numeracy and continue to advanced subjects such as mapmaking and video production. The lessons are designed to help to speed up newsgathering processes; improve journalists’ ability to check facts quickly; and provide the background necessary to produce charts, graphics and content for social sharing. Additional lessons offering new techniques or increasingly advanced skills will be added on a regular basis.

Sign up to start learning today: https://courses.academy.africa/

 

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Scholarship, solar installation (due 21 Feb!)

Are you a female electrical or electronics technician with an interest in Solar installation? Kibera Town Centre has 5 full scholarship opportunities for female electrical/electronics technicians to pursue T1 and T2 Licensed Solar Installers course at Strathmore University for two weeks. If you meet this strict criteria, and you are passionate about solar, and you will be available to attend the training full day for two weeks, text your name to Peter on 0780 * 812 * 883, not later than 1 pm on Wednesday 21st February 2018.

Applications open for International Development Design Summits, MIT D-Lab

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) D-Lab will be supporting three summits this year and applications are now open! International Development Design Summits Kenya is July 8 – 22nd and will bring together 36 participants from all over the world to co-create innovative, viable financial products and services that expand access in the low-income space.

What are the International Development Design Summits?

International Development Design Summits (IDDS) are intense, hands-on, community-based design trainings that bring together a diverse group of people to teach them the co-creative design process and how to prototype low-cost technological solutions to improve the livelihoods of people living in poverty.

These summits are programs of the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), a consortium comprising MIT, Olin College of Engineering, Colorado State University, University California in Davis, KNUST in Ghana, USP in Brazil, and NTBC in Zambia. To learn more, check out their website.

During the summit, participants form teams and collaborate with community partners and other stakeholders to better understand a particular challenge in order to create a solution that fits the local context and constraints. At the end of IDDS, the summit organising team makes resources available to teams that have a promising strategy for implementing their solution.

In moving the technologies from ideas to implementation, they aim to create real ventures, not just business plans. IDDS originally started in 2007 and there have since been 22 summits in 12 different countries, involving 800+ alumni and creating over 100 successful projects / ventures.

Bringing financial inclusion to Kenya

This year is the first time IDDS will be hosted in Kenya. It’s also the first summit in Kenya that is focused on solutions which promote financial inclusion. Kenya is particularly well-suited for this because of its strong entrepreneurial culture, its emerging tech sector and its history of being a leader in financial inclusion.

Even though Kenya has seen impressive progress towards financial inclusion, there is still work to be done as the focus shifts from consumers having access to financial products and services to consumers deriving value from financial products and services.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in participating, simply complete this application form and submit it by the 15th of February 2018 at 5pm EST. They will select 15 – 40 participants and will notify each applicant on whether or not their application was accepted (soon after).

No matter your background, this summit is for you. Innovation flourishes at the intersections of disciplines – our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. ​If you have any questions, check out the IDDS Kenya website.

Digital Security Training for Women Journalists, AMWIK, deadline 30 January

Let us know if anyone needs further info or wants help making a good argument for why you need this… leave comment or email info@kenyanikwetu.org.

AMWIK will hold a one-day Digital Security Training for Women Journalists on Friday 2nd February 2018 from 8am-5pm at Meridian Hotel Nairobi.

The training is a partnership initiative with Safe Sister Project of DefendDefenders with support from Bread for the World and Internews. The objective of the training is to equip members with practical digital skills to enhance their online safety.

If you have never benefitted from any digital security training, then this opportunity is for you. Kindly send an email to info@amwik.org explaining how this training will benefit you. Students studying journalism are also encouraged to apply. Your email should reach us by Tuesday, 30th January 2018 at 5pm.

Participants will be required to carry their laptops and smartphones for the practical lessons.

Job listings & resources

Getting a job is never just a matter of submitting many job applications. But job listings are still a key part of finding open positions that meet your skills and interest. It can also help you identify potential employers who are hiring right now; even if the position that is listed isn’t a good fit for you, perhaps they have others available. And some platforms offer articles, tips, and resources to help apply properly and effectively.

General job boards: Most people know about Brighter Monday, perhaps the most established website for job listings in Kenya, with a good search function and updates available by email. But now there are some newer resources and services available for jobseekers. They include DumaWorks and Kama Kazi. You can read more about them in various online pieces. Both were featured in BBC piece “Getting Africa’s jobseekers online and into employment” in May of 2015, for example.

More specific sector job boards: Other job boards are created for certain kinds of work: technology (not just techies but support staff), United Nations, nonprofits, social enterprises, etc.

Here’s a list of online platforms with general Kenyan job resources.

Here are some more specific by sector. (But desired skills can vary, so do look through!)

  • iHub Jobs Board – job listings for techies & others who support tech companies
  • Social Enterprise Jobs – job listings – global but has many jobs based in Kenya
  • UN jobs – jobs with the United Nations, filter by those based in Nairobi
  • Devex.com – add your profile and resume/CV so that recruiters searching can find you, listings of jobs in international development, filter by location Kenya — only jobs from Devex member organisations are visible without paid membership, but you can still see many of them & otherwise put yourself into the database, which hundreds of recruiters search daily

Online event: The Power of US: How is organizing changing lives of millions of people in the US & Japan (LCN) (free)

Dear Leading Change Network friends,

The world around us seems to be changing every day, and it looks that democracy is falling apart around the world. However, people like us are asking their selves “What can I do?” and rolling up the sleeves to actually do it.

  • Recently, two amazing campaigns won victory in Japan and the US
    Sexual assault survivors organized and won the change of the legal definition of rape in Japan!
  • Residents of Maine, US organized and made Maine become the first state in the US to pass Medicaid expansion at ballot!

On December 9th, 2017 at 9 am EST, LCN will host an online real-time event with representatives of these campaigns.

At the event, you will be:

  • Meeting leaders and organizers from the 2 featured campaigns, and other leaders from all over the world
  • Learning about what have those campaigns done to succeed and what have they learned from it
  • Discussing your work and challenges with other people from all over the world

Join us to continue building the community of people who are changing the world.
Event participation will be capped. Please register here to reserve your seat!
Please share this event with people who you think would be interested in joining the session and LCN.