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The digital revolution, by shaking up the ways in which information is processed, has profoundly changed how people regard that information today, with more and more news programmes being broadcast, people having easier and personalised access to content, the public playing a larger role, and so on.
Faced with this challenge, the traditional media have had to adapt and diversify the ways in which they make, produce and broadcast news, and at the same time rethink their business model and the organisation of their editorial departments. Nowadays, there are very few media outlets that have not developed websites and apps that can be accessed from mobile phones and tablets.
In the meantime, independent online news websites that are not affiliated to traditional press groups or media outlets have also emerged on the scene: these websites are known as 'pure players'. Africa has not escaped this trend – in the past few years, the number of pure players on the continent has exploded.
This project aims to help these new players on the news scene in French-speaking Africa to become more professional, by assisting them in structuring their business and editorial models. It also aims to promote the development of innovative projects within the editorial departments.
Professionals from 10 online news websites (pure players) selected following a call for applications (managers, chief editors, journalists, technicians).
Following a call for applications from which the 10 beneficiary media outlets will be selected, and then a seminar for launching the project, two workshops will be held for enhancing the online writing and surveying techniques of the selected participants.
CFI launches a call for applications to support the development of 10 African online news media outlets, through the Naila project.
Following its call for applications as part of the Naila project, CFI has selected 11 pure players from French‑speaking Africa.
Anderson Diédri, Chief Editor at the Ivorian media outlet eburnietoday.com and a participant in the Naila project, focuses on the issue of solutions journalism and the impact that it could have on the development process of countries in Africa.
Between 22 and 27 January 2018, 22 journalists from pure play organisations based in Africa received training in web writing and surveying.
Between 5 and 15 March 2018, 11 pure players participating in the Naila project came together in Abidjan for the second part of a training course focusing on web writing and investigative journalism.
1 day in my media organisation is a new series of reports, which, each week, gives an account of the daily lives of people working in media organisations in Africa, the Arab world and South-East Asia, with the support of CFI.
Workshops will be held on business models and the diversification of income, editorial, marketing and communication positioning, and human resources management.
Workshops will be held on data journalism and displaying information, shooting and editing innovative videos, and setting up a web radio station and other innovative features on social network sites.
The media outlets will be regularly monitored for 18 months as regards their strategy, management and development of new projects, and then a competition will be held for awarding the best innovative editorial project and the best survey published.
The news website Habari RDC and the Malian online TV channel Kunafoni have been awarded the 1st and 2nd prizes at the Francophone Awards for Innovation in the Media, receiving their prizes at the headquarters of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (IOF) in Paris on 23 March 2018.