To strengthen the economic, technical and editorial viability of the selected online media outlets.
To support the development of innovative and effective editorial projects, in line with the needs of the sector.
To give the media professionals the tools and platforms they need to reinforce their legitimacy and credibility.
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August 2017
December 2018


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.

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Project beneficiaries

Professionals from 10 online news websites (pure players) selected following a call for applications (managers, chief editors, journalists, technicians).

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1.Training in online writing and surveying techniques

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.

Call for applications - Pure players in French-speaking Africa

June 21, 2017

CFI launches a call for applications to support the development of 10 African online news media outlets, through the Naila project.

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Naila (New players in African online news): projects selected

September 8, 2017

Following its call for applications as part of the Naila project, CFI has selected 11 pure players from French‑speaking Africa.

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Is Africa ready to embark on the solutions journalism path?

October 10, 2017

Anderson Diédri, Chief Editor at the Ivorian media outlet 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.

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2.Training in online media management

Workshops will be held on business models and the diversification of income, editorial, marketing and communication positioning, and human resources management.

3.Training in the production of innovative content

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.

4.Remote mentoring and competition

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.

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