2016 • 3 years • On Nigeria
Sahara Reporters is an independent online news agency based in New York City that reports on stories about corruption, human rights abuses, and other political misconduct in Nigeria. It was founded in 2006 by Nigerian political activist Omoyele Sowore, and reporting has been carried out by paid citizen journalists in Nigeria in collaboration with Sowore and his staff in New York. With this award, Sahara Reporters is revamping its website and developing an app to accommodate the increasing numbers of site visitors using mobile phones. It is also launching a Lagos-based "civic media laboratory" project that develops, engineers, tests, and incubates ideas, systems, and tools to more deeply engage citizens in public debate on issues that matter to them and that lead to greater transparency and accountability of government and big business. In this endeavor, Sahara Reporters is collaborating with other On Nigeria grantees. The award is part of a package of awards on the theme of strengthening the capacity of investigative and data-driven journalism in Nigeria.