The Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC), with generous funding from the Open Society Foundation of South Africa, has created a website-based open journalism workshop as an online resource for South African investigative journalists.
The media environment in South Africa is not always conducive to investigative journalism. South Africa may have a free media, but the political environment presents many challenges in terms of accessing information - particularly information from the state. Within media houses, limited capacity and restrictive deadlines make it difficult to write stories that might require extensive, in-depth investigations.
In response, ODAC has launched the site as a resource for investigative journalists. It is an online workshop with three core modules:
- Open Data Journalism
- The Promotion of Access to Information Act
- The Protected Disclosures Act
Each module provides you with a different tool to assist your investigative journalism. The structure is simple. Each module has a video lecture, an accompanying PowerPoint presentation, and several supplementary reading materials and videos. Each module ends with a short voluntary quiz which tests you on the core material.
To visit the workshop, click here.