African News Innovation Challenge

African Media Initiative
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Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 10 July, 2012
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The African Media Initiative (AMI) is the lead organisation driving the African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC). AMI is not an NGO or donor organisation. It is an industry association, and is Africa’s largest umbrella body of media owners and executives. AMI’s mandate is to serve as a catalyst for strengthening African media, by building the tools, knowledge, and technical capacity for the media to play an effective ‘public interest’ role in African society. This mandate includes assisting with the development of professional standards, financial sustainability, technological adaptability, and civic engagement.  AMI believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

ANIC is a pan-African contest that aims to accelerate innovation in news organisations by funding transformational ideas and then continuing to support them through a network of peers and advisors. ANIC is modelled on the highly successful Knight News Challenge in the United States of America, but has been customised to address the challenges facing African media.

This is the inaugural call for entries for ANIC, and we are therefore casting the net wide.  We are looking for new ways to create, discuss and share news. And we are also looking for new ways to make quality journalism sustainable. This could include new revenue or production models, new ways to gather and produce news, or new ways to reach audiences. Most importantly, we are looking for ideas that can be scaled continentally, or that can be replicated elsewhere, to create maximum impact. Preference will be also given to ideas that seek to solve real world challenges facing Africa’s media.

Proposals can be submitted by news pioneers from anywhere in the world. You do have to have an African media partner, however, who will help you develop and test your innovation. Also, innovations that are designed to be primarily deployed in Africa will stand a better chance of receiving support.

ANIC grants are meant to fund the costs associated with designing, developing and implementing your idea. ANIC grants can also be used to fund marketing and promotion of your prototypes, or help you deploy the first versions of your idea. ANIC’s policies prevent funds from being used to pay universities’ “overhead” costs, any salary costs, or organisation costs not directly linked to the development of your idea.

ANIC is an open and worldwide contest. Anyone, anywhere can therefore apply – as long as they have an African partner to help with implementation. There is no other age or geographic restriction. The competition is open to nonprofits, for-profits or individuals of any age, anywhere in the world. Awards to minors will be made to an intermediary designated by ANIC.

Application Process:

The only place you can apply is here on the ANIC website. Faxes, posted applications, hand deliveries or other channels will not be accepted. All you need to do is answer the seven (7) questions on the Application Form.

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