Contributoria wins the IPI NIP video contest

The International Press Institute News Innovation Platform (IPI NIP) is pleased to announce Contributoria as the winner of a video contest held in connection with IPI NIP’s Jan. 20 event in Johannesburg, South Africa, “ChallengeSSS of the New Age”.


African digital media going mobile

How do you profit from an online news platform? This is one the main challenges that digital journalism faces in Africa. IPI News Innovation Platform Digital Media Coordinator, Javier Luque, interviewed Churchill Otieno, managing editor for Digital and Convergence at the Nation Media Group in Nairobi, to shed some light on the matter.


A day of action against mass surveillance

Journalists around the globe are no strangers to cyber spying. They too have been targeted  by governments’ cyber surveillance practices as a mechanism to interfere in their job. On the eve of #TheDayWeFightBack, the International Press Institute News Innovation Platform (IPI NIP) interviewed Jillian York.


Interview with Storify co-founder Burt Herman

“Think about how you can make your product something that people use every day.”



PHOTO GALLERY: #IPINIP digital media event in Johannesburg

Snapshot of our Photo Gallery

The very best moments of our Digital Media event in Johannesburg last January 20.



#IPINIP trends in South Africa!

Snapshot of IPINIP Storify account

On Twitter, hundreds of tweets and RTs with the hashtag #IPINIP buzzed by, averaging, at some point, one almost every two minutes.



#IPINIP event in Johannesburg gathers over 70 participants

#IPINIP promotional image

Symposium preceded April IPI World Congress in Cape Town



IPI’s News Innovation Platform is almost here

VIENNA, Jan 17, 2014 – Leading into the International Press Institute (IPI)’s April 12 to 15 World Congress in Cape Town, IPI’s News Innovation Platform (IPI-NIP) will host a one-day symposium on digital media, focusing on sustainability, on Monday in Johannesburg.



Top 5 tips for a Chief Digital Officer

Designed by IPI NIP.

A useful guide to leaders trying to manage rather complex digital media operations. 



Ecuadorian journalist threatened with death on Twitter

Martín Pallares, a journalist for the newspaper El Comercio, has been threatened with death on twitter. He is a well-known critic of the government who has been personally threatened by President Rafael Correa.



Project Foroba Blon: Voice-Based Citizen Journalism

Anyone with simple phones can become citizen journalist and access Web-based information, and support community radio stations to broadcast live content stored on the Web, without requiring computers or Internet connectivity.

Reading Radar Project Unravels the DNA of the Complete News Story

How to bring order to the information madness - to do a better job of summarisation, curation, highlighting, compacting and repackaging a news story. 

Reading Radar could help!

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IPI News Innovation Event in London

The International Press Institute (IPI) hosted an event on 13 September in London to showcase and discuss the winning projects of the IPI News Innovation Contest, in the context of media innovation sustainability, in partnership with The Guardian newspaper and (which runs the news:rewired conference), and with the support of Google Inc.

Launching ‘News Innovation Platform’ - Focus Shifts to Innovation Sustainability and New Concepts

As the International Press Institute (IPI) wraps up its Google-funded News Innovation Contest, it is shifting the innovation focus to ‘sustainability’. Going forward, IPI will seek to initiate and promote a dynamic media stakeholder dialogue around the topic of digital innovation and sustainability. 

To this end, this website has been renamed ‘The IPI News Innovation Platform’!

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Communities in Focus competition

We launched Cam360 on 21st November with a competition called Communities inFocus, to encourage citizen journalists to sign up and submit inspiring photos of their communities. In order to publicise this as widely as possible we developed a partnership with a mainstream media company/ news distributor. Northcliffe Digital has hyperlocal websites across the UK including 160 Local People websites and 26 This Is websites with 5.8 million readers, they agreed to promote Cam360 and Communities in Focus and to feature some of the photos submitted on their local sites.

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My Experience at the IPI World Congress

Whether you are a journalist with 40 years of experience under your belt, or a young journalist taking the first steps on your career path, there could have been no better place to get to know all you want about journalists and journalism than the International Press Institute World Congress held this year in Amman, Jordan.

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Poynter training brings the values of interactive story-telling to Egypt as advertising’s “Third Way”

On most days, the talk at the downtown Cairo offices of the Egypt Media Development Program is all about story-telling and the ways that multimedia and social media can enhance journalism. There was an important twist on that chatter during two busy days at EMDP last month: Instead of journalism, the focus was on a new form of advertising.

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IPI News Innovation Contest winner runner-up in top UK media awards AFP Foundation's 'Africa Check' pioneers fact-checking in Africa

Africa's first fact-checking website, Africa Check, which was launched
with the support of the IPI News Innovation Challenge in 2012, was on
May 7 named runner-up in the Digital Media section of the One World
Media awards, the UK's most prestigious awards for international

The awards ceremony took place in London in front of around 200 members
of the UK and international media and charity fields. 

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Trials and tribulations of a local media start-up in Egypt finally launched!

In February, months of work came to fruition on  as we officially kicked off the local media portal of long-marginalised Upper Egypt... 

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Poynter training in Cairo: Journalists and bloggers learn together and consider collaboration

CAIRO -- After a day spent exploring the potential for social media in Egypt, a table full of journalists and bloggers settled on an issue they deemed especially ripe for collaborative reporting: the price and quality of bread.

Put consumers to work assessing the performance of the nation’s bakers, the group suggested, and create a map tracking bakeries where government subsidies are being put to good and bad use.

The plan was among a half dozen ideas for collaboration that emerged from social media training provided by the Poynter Institute and the Egypt Media Development Program last month in Cairo.

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Crowdsourcing Ushers in a New Era of African Journalism

Kat Austen for the Big Picture Digital Journalism project

There are few things less appealing than reams of paperwork and massive digital files.

Sometimes, though, hidden within the piles of data, there is a story that needs to be told. Take the UK parliamentary expenses scandal for example. When the story broke in 2009, the Telegraph newspaper exposed politicians who stretched to - and sometimes beyond - the limit what were acceptable expenses claims. Some MPs resigned, some were even imprisoned, amid public disapprobation.

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Bridging the fact-checking gap in Africa

An office at Wits University overlooking the Nelson Mandela Bridge in downtown Johannesburg will be the setting later this month as an innovative experiment in fact-checking journalism gets under way.

Across Africa there is a long tradition of investigative journalism; a proud history of uncovering misdeeds and malpractice from the murky deals of military regimes in Nigeria to the wrongs seen under apartheid-era South Africa.

But in this honoured tradition, there is today an obvious gap.

African journalism has, to date, given little place to the daily fact-checking of public debate, the scrutinising of the evidence for and against the claims and counter-claims that dominate the news each day.

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‘Big Picture Digital Journalism’ Announces Competition Results

The Big Picture Digital Journalism project is happy to announce that the following three project concepts have been selected as the winners of the very first crowdsourced journalism awards for Africa:

  • This Is My Back Yard (Kenya)
  • Tanzglo (Tanzania)
  • CCDN (Zimbabwe)

Congratulations to these worthy winners!  An Awards Ceremony to promote these project concepts will be held on Wednesday 26th September at the Fairview Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Digital Generations Coming!

Journalism students in Bosnia and Herzegovina worked on their first data projects, during the 'Digital Generations Camp' organized by the IPI News Innovation Contest winner 2012 Mediacenter Sarajevo, in cooperation with European Journalism Center.

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How Poynter Plans to Help Journalists in a New Egypt

Media is at a critical turning point in Egypt and much of the Arab world. After journalists and non-journalists alike teamed up last year to spread word of -- and encourage participation in -- what would become the Arab Spring, a challenging new question has arisen: What roles will media play in the aftermath of the revolutions?

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Feowl will Monitor Power Cuts in Douala

Duala, Cameroon is the scenario where Feowl, IPI News Innovation Contest winner 2012 is developing a crowsourced platform to inform communities about the power cuts. This is an open-sourced initiative which could be eventually be applied also in other African countries.

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People-Powered News in Africa

Jun Matsushita, Head of Innovation and Technology at Internews Europe, shares his thoughts about the crowsourcing reality in Africa and his experience with the Big Picture Journalism project, IPI News Innovation Contest winner in 2011.

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Foroba Blon: Shaping a New Way to Inform Communities

A joint initiative from the Web Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland), the VU University (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and Sahel Eco (Bamako, Mali), Foroba Blon is based on new innovative voice technologies that enable people with the simplest phone to access Web-based information, independent of their reading skills, their language or their education level. It also enables community radio stations to access and broadcast live content stored on the Web, without requiring computers or Internet connectivity.

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Helping News Entrepreneurs Start up and Stay up

One of our Contest winners from 2011, the Media and Digital Enterprise (MaDE) project, kicked off just a few days ago.  

An initiative of the University of Central Lancashire, MaDE is just the beginning of a larger effort in both the United Kingdom and Turkey.  It is designed to help news entrepreneurs deal with the challenges of the evolving media landscape, and encourages on-going networking activities, critical reflection, and dissemination of lessons learned throughout the wider journalism industry.

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IPI News Innovation Contest Hosts Panel on "Digital Monetization for Media Groups"

During its 61st World Congress in Trinidad & Tobago, the International Press Institute organized a panel to discuss how to create money from the online tools available nowadays. This session powered by the IPI News Innovation Contest had as participants some members of the Advisory Board, a Google representative and well known journalists. To read some remarks about this interesting discussion.

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2012 IPI News Innovation Contest Winners Named

VIENNA, 25th April 2012. The International Press Institute (IPI) has announced the winners of its 2012 News Innovation Contest, sponsored by Google Inc. The projects will collectively enhance online journalism and innovation efforts via news platforms and training across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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Foroba Blon plans to revolutionise journalism in Mali

The World Wide Web foundation provides an update on its project Voice-Based Citizen Journalism – an IPI News Innovation Contest winner - and briefly analyses the situation faced by local radio stations in Mali.

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Two Top Experts join Advisory Board

The IPI News Innovation Contest 2012 has added the Jordan Media Institute Founder and Highway Africa Director to Offer Broad Expertise during the evaluation process.

Discover the Advisory Board here...


Starting a Digital Media Enterprise? Here are some Tips

IPI News Innovation Contest 2011 winner Francois Neal of Media and Digital Enterprise (MADE) talks about challenges in training digital entrepreneurs, and offers advice on starting a digital media enterprise.

Read the inverview here

‘Majority of People Living in Rural Areas not able to Express their Opinions’

IPI News Innovation Contest 2011 winner Stephane Boyera of Voice-Based Citizen Journalism discusses the challenges involved in bringing technology to rural communities in Africa, and how the Internet improves the lives of the underprivileged.

Read the interview here.

Interview with Jun Matsushita

Innovation for Innovators

IPI Kicks off News Innovation Contest 2012

We are open for entries!

The International Press Institute (IPI) has opened the call for applications for the IPI News Innovation Contest 2012 and encourages all potential applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible. We advise everyone to read carefully the Terms and Conditions, and FAQ, for guidelines and proposal improvement suggestions.

Deadline is 23 February 2012, 15:00 CET. No exceptions.

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7 Experts Evaluate 26 'Finalist' Projects

IPI News Innovation Contest / Advisory Board

The International Press Institute (IPI) is pleased to report that 26 ‘finalist’ IPI News Innovation Contest projects have been reviewed by our Advisory Board. The IPI News Innovation Contest is aimed at advancing the future of digital news by funding new ways to inform communities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

After short-listing more than 300 applications received from across the world, the IPI News Innovation Contest team reduced the number of projects to 71 – from which the 26 finalists were chosen, based on their innovative ideas. The proposals have been under review by a panel of experts from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the United States during the past few weeks. The experts offered final feedback on the projects they feel should be funded next year.

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71 shortlisted projects continue to the next stage

Over 300 Projects Received

IPI has satisfactorily concluded the second phase of the IPI News Innovation Contest, reviewing more than 300 applications from around the world.

Criteria such as the innovation level of the project, the proposed budget, sustainability and the project’s contribution to press freedom online were key aspects in the evaluation process, leaving a total of 71 projects still in the running.

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Over 300 Applications Submitted

Assessment Process Begins

IPI has initiated the second phase of the IPI News Innovation Contest, and is reviewing 309 applications from the 23 February - 1 June submission period. The entries came in from all over the world; most, however, were from the contest’s focal regions: Europe, the Middle East and Africa. IPI also received applications from Mexico, the United States, New Zealand and India, among others.

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Internet Freedom Discussed at the Council of Europe

by Katitza Rodriguez; originally published on EFFwebsite

Full enjoyment and exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms on the Internet, in particular freedom of expression and access to information, regardless of national boundaries, are essential for genuine democracy. The Internet should be both stable and free from political interference. In this respect, multi-stakeholder collaboration is crucial. Presently there is no one-size-fits-all model for it.

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Syrian Government Intensifies Crackdown on Social Media

by Nayana Jayarajan; originally published on

Since journalists are prohibited from entering Syria, social media channels like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have become essential, not only to spread information outside the country, but also as a means for people within the country to communicate with each other.

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Social Media used by nearly all Middle East journalists - but only 60% use it for work!

Issued by Insight and MediaSource, 16 May 2011


The traditional media in the Middle East has embraced the use of social media with 95% of the region’s journalists now using Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks, a major survey published today reveals.

However, personal use - such as keeping in touch with family and friends - is the most popular reason for journalists’ use of social media, with just 60% using it as part of their daily working lives and only 35% valuing it as a source of news.

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Slovakia Is About To Introduce Wide-Ranging Paid Content

Article by Robert Andrews; originally published on

AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

Nine of Slovakia's main media operators are about to introduce a shared "paywall" service. Its three national broadsheet newspapers, a tabloid, a TV station and two magazines will, from May 2, introduce services supported by Project Piano, a nascent industry-wide paid content technology. Project Piano will charge readers RUR 2.90 per month or EUR 0.99 per week to access multiple news sites from across Slovakia and, eventually perhaps, the neighbouring Czech Republic, giving participating publishers 70 percent of the take...

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Contributing To Democracy Through Innovations

Interview with Alison Bethel McKenzie, IPI Director

photo by David Reali/IPI

Press freedom is a core principal of democracy. I would argue that you cannot have one without the other. The issue of press freedom is so important that we believe every nation’s constitution should include it as a fundamental right. In this changing media environment, technology has meant bringing more information to the masses. It has also meant that as media publish and broadcast more and more online, some countries get nervous and move to limit accessibility to the Internet and try to silence those journalists.

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