StoryLab Academy Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) for African Journalists

StoryLab Academy invites African Journalist to its new platform full of free lessons which can help them speed up their news gathering process, improve fact-checking and teach them how to produce graphics plus more.


StoryLab Academy is a partnership between Code for Africa, Google News Lab and the World Bank. Many of the lessons are drawn from existing courses developed by Google News Lab and the World Bank but customised for journalists operating across Africa with local content and techniques specific to the particular challenges they face.


Our audiences are changing, and expect modern storytelling in digital formats. We must learn to tell their stories in formats that work on computer monitors and on phones, and develop the skills to interrogate online information and sources of data honestly and with integrity.

That’s why Code for Africa, in partnership with Google News Lab and The World Bank, has created the StoryLab Academy.

Welcome to the first Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) designed specifically for African journalists. Through the StoryLab Academy we aim to help develop world-class storytellers and investigators at the cutting edge of their craft.


The Code for Africa StoryLab Academy has been designed to teach digital skills to working journalists. If you’re just starting out in your career, you may find the entire program useful. If you’ve already got some experience under your belt, the advanced courses will teach you new skills and the rest can help as a refresher.


It’s not just journalists who will benefit from StoryLab Academy, though. The research and communication skills will also help NGOs, activists and more.


Set your goals: Create a learning plan that’s right for you, whether you want to gain new skills on multimedia or investigative journalism or learn how to access new digital revenue streams.


Learn from experience: Learn from materials developed by digital journalism experts from Code for Africa, Google and The World Bank, all crafted to the specific needs of African newsrooms.

Track your progress: Your personal dashboard will help keep you motivated and on track with your learning plan. Take part in conversations with other learners and tutors to develop your skills even further.

Apply your knowledge: Test what you have learned and get practical easy to use tips and resources for your next digital journalism project, and share your results with Code for Africa’s communications team.




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