by Big Picture Digital Journalism Team
Storified by BigPictureJournalism ·
Fri, Jun 08 2012 05:25:08
Journalism trainers from Kenya, Cote D’
Ivoire, Uganda, Rwanda and the Central African Republic are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this week for a groundbreaking training of journalism trainers workshop. This training, one of the first of its kind in Africa, is sponsored by the Big Picture Digital Journalism Project, an Internews Europe
project aimed at strengthening African journalists’ skills in the use of crowdsourced journalism tools and techniques.
The workshop focused on training journalism trainers in crowdsourced tools and techniques.
Some of the tools were as obvious as Facebook, Twitter and others as new as
the Tethr box(c) device that is still a prototype and that was created to work
in areas where there was little or no internet. The training ends on Friday 8th July.
The discussion on Crowdsourced journalism began by covering basic
journalistic principles. Aidan White, Director of The Coalition for
Ethical Journalism, spoke to the group via Skype about journalism
methodology, ethics, verification and the "wisdom of the crowd"
The first two days of the Workshop were spent on understanding the goals of the workshop, playing with crowdsourcing tools such as Ushahidi, Crowdmap, BulkSMS, Clickatell etc
On day three the Team was also able to hear from Soud Hyder of Aljazeera who discussed the instances of crowdsourcing journalism that he has participated in so far.
Crowd Sourcing 101
The new world of Journalism, where "we" create our story and it is no longer "I" tell "our" story situation.
There was also opportunity on the action packed schedule to review the ideas of the panels' ideas based on the objectives, target, technology tools and platforms they will look to utilize going forward.