We have moved into the digital and information age. This means that the way we tell stories has evolved from simply spreading the news to getting the reader involved. This is what Re-imagine Storytelling is all about. It brings together elements of data, tech, journalism and activism. It goes beyond just reporting issues of social justice to actively trying to solve them.
We will choose eight final teams to compete for a cash prize of R20,000. All projects are guaranteed a small budget to work with, Codebridge resources, a cool space where you can plot, plan and create, as well as media coverage.
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Each competing team will receive a small budget to help make their story and project innovation happen. This will cover things like travel, equipment and material costs. Teams will be encouraged to crowdsource financial resources and skills that cannot be covered by your budget, or which team members are unable to fulfil.
Competing teams will have to attend workshops and training sessions in either Cape Town or Durban (depending on where you are based) in mid-September. These will cover things like solutions-based and citizen journalism, information-gathering, and some helpful tools you can use to do this. Finalists will use these sessions to refine and strengthen their proposals, as well as develop implementation plans and budgets ahead of final judging.
These projects will go beyond just telling a story and will also be about sustainable implementation. Teams will be encouraged to use as many platforms and networking opportunities as they have access to, as well as those offered by Codebridge, to gain added support for their story-projects. Many of these stories will be published in national media, but will need to be promoted beyond this by participants.
Here are a few of the stories we've done using data, technology and new media
Code for South Africa has built a variety of online tools that help to tell the stories behind the data and make it easy to understand, navigate and apply to make informed decisions. These are just some of the tools you could use to tell your story.
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