The Internet4Good Media Capacity Building Workshop 2021 is now accepting applications.
Ghanaian journalists, media practitioners, and freelancers will participate in a two-day capacity-building workshop as part of the Internet4Good initiative, which will provide local media with the ability to report responsibly and nuancedly on internet usage and abuse.
The growth of negative media coverage of online scams in Africa has contributed to the continent’s unfavorable worldwide image, stoked moral panic about internet usage, and, in some circumstances, robbed young Africans of ethical internet-related prospects.
Furthermore, not just the social, economic, and cultural drivers of internet fraud in Africa, but also the many good ways young Africans may use – and are using – the internet, are underreported.
To counteract the negative impact of this narrative, Internet4Good, with the help of the Bosch Alumni Network, aims to depict a good narrative about the internet for young Africans, as well as a more favorable picture of young Africans in global media.
One of the most important findings from the project’s initial phase was that local media still had several capability gaps, contributing to the single narrative about Africans’ participation in cybercrime.
Lack of local institutions for data verification and fact-checking, restricted collaborative networking, insufficient interaction with subject-matter experts, and lack of access to and presence in global media platforms are just a few of the gaps.