Code for Africa, a group that trains journalists on data journalism, has awarded grant to three story ideas developed at the Story Sprint in its monthly meet-up platform, Hacks Hackers.
The three stories were selected across the three locations of Hacks Hackers in Nigeria; Lagos, Abuja and Benin.
The story ideas were developed at the December HH as members were grouped into teams with the opportunity to brainstorm on story ideas related but not limited to Health, Gender, Development and Environment.
The winning team in Lagos is focusing on ‘Migrating Physicians; A thrust of infant mortality and maternal death in Nigeria’. The team is interested in the worrisome menace of infant and maternal mortality predominantly in rural and conflict affected areas in Nigeria. This is viewed against the backdrop of the shrinking number of physicians available and the increasing waiting time at accessing health services.
For Benin City, the winning team is focusing on Girl Child Education: Young girls missing school over-enrollment fees & sanitary pads. The team is tackling the issues which keep the girl child out of school.
The winning team in Abuja wants to show the present day challenge of living in Nigeria which is causing the number of departure for better life elsewhere.
The 3 winning stories (1 per city in Abuja, Benin City and Lagos) will be supported with editorial, data, Infographics guide and a production grant of $100 (Naira equivalent).
Every other story idea developed at the meet up would also be supported with editorial, data and infographics support as well as social media amplification when published.
At the last meet-up for the year, participants were trained on how to use Flourish Studio to design infographics and visualizations.