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Justin Arenstein
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$1 million African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC)
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Hey guys,I just thought I'd alert you to a new $1m innovation fund for African digital & mobile media entrepreneurs. We're looking for ideas you think would revolutionise African journalism, by…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Amy O'Donnell Dec 16, 2011.

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Why are you interested in FrontlineSMS? How did you hear about it? (To help us filter out spammers, we need as MUCH detail as possible, else we may not be able to approve your request. If you'd rather not share this information openly please email before joining)
I am very keen to explore practical ways to deploy FrontlineSMS in the newsrooms of partner media I work with across Africa.

I am especially interested in breaking through the marketing hype surrounding mobile media, and to pilot ways for tools such as FrontlineSMS to be used as an integral part of day-to-day news production.

This means finding ways to use SMS, MMS, audio, camera-phones, and geo-mobile to both report (journalists as the users) and tell (readers as the users) news stories.

And, finally, no innovation will be embraced by struggling media organisations if we cannot show in practical terms how it will either improve cost efficiencies or boost revenues. I am therefore also extremely interested in business models for mobile media.
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I am a veteran journalist, publisher, and rural media entrepreneur.

I started my career as an anti-corruption journalist, founding and managing an award-winning rural-based investigative news agency. I also founded and ran a rural glossy magazine publishing company, and more recently helped establish a rural commercial radio station.

In addition, I co-founded Africa's largest investigative reporting association, as well as South Africa's largest association of independent publishers, plus the region's only freelance journalist association, and South Africa's new journalist union.

I am a councillor on the South African Press Council, and serve on a number of media industry boards. I also consult for a number of media development agencies across Africa.

I have spent the past year as a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, in the USA's Silicon Valley, exploring ways to leverage the mobile web for African media.

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At 10:30am on November 17, 2010, Jackie Christie said…
Hi Justin
Finally in Accra so would be good to meet up and chat. We are working with the Ghana Community Radio Network so Im sure they would be interested in your citizen journalism work. Do drop me an email and we can meet.
At 9:48pm on June 14, 2010, Bill Siemering said…
Yes, Justin, we have an on-going project there.
Please write to me at
Let's talk too.



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