These stories that the Africa No Filter story agency wants to tell. The agency will be a digital-first virtual newsroom that tells stories of creativity, innovation, arts & culture, and human interest. 

For the pilot, we’ll be working with multimedia journalists from 12 countries  – 1 each from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, DRC, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Egypt and Morocco.

The Africa No Filter Story Agency is a result of our research into How the Media in Africa Covers Africa. 

The research surveyed 38 African editors, analyzed content from 60 African news outlets in 15 countries - Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, Egypt, Tunisia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal - between September and October 2020. 

In addition, four facilitated focus groups were held with 25 editors of African media, editors of Pan African outlets and international correspondents.  

Key findings from the report show that the sources for news gathering on African countries are problematic, the resulting content continues to feed old stereotypes, and often the quality of local journalism doesn't allow for nuanced and contextualized storytelling that is critical for telling stories African stories.

You can read How the Media in Africa Covers Africa report here.