An Editors Lab in Ghana to innovate against Ebola
Ebola is creating panic, irrational information, dangerous rumours and uncertified facts, which can all generate chaos when not managed properly. Ebola has not yet been neutralised and could continue to spread throughout Western Africa as well as other continents. Journalists must be prepared to fight all collateral damage associated with Ebola. Unfortunately journalists on the ground don’t have the necessary resources and tools that match the responsibility they have to inform local communities.
This is why the Global Editors Network, Osiwa - Open Society Initiative for West Africa and PenPlusBytes, in partnership with Google and BBC have organised an Editors Lab in Ghana where we are gathered local journalists to empower them with the expertise to develop and implement new applications and online tools that can save lives.
And the Winner is...
Citi FM, with City Ebola Updates, a Mobile Platform that enables people, both educated and uneducated to receive education, information and updates on the status of Ebola in their country in their preferred local language.
Thank you to all the participants for those amazing two days and the great projects (you can see all of them here). Thanks to our co-host Penplusbytes, and a huge thanks to OSIWA and Google for making it happen. And a shout out to all the contributors from our Indiegogo campaign.