Code for Africa, ICFJ Knight Fellow
Catherine Gicheru is an award-winning Kenyan journalist who is currently serving as a country manager at the Code for Kenya team working to bring together data journalists and technologists to produce innovative storytelling. She previously worked at the Nation Media Group where she rose to become the first woman news editor and investigations editor. She was also a founding editor of the Star newspaper in Nairobi. A Nieman Fellow and 1992 recipient of the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award winner, Catherine is co-author of “S.M Otieno: Kenya’s Unique Burial Saga".
Catherine is speaking at
We gather today amid a growing global backlash against human rights, democracy, and an independent press. Even in countries where we thought our colleagues were relatively secure, the news media is under serious assault. At the same time, we face a business model that has all but disappeared, technology that seems to change not yearly but daily, and issues that threaten not only our profession but the Earth itself.
And yet... In many ways investigative journalism is stronger than ever. An investigative press has spread worldwide, and those who believe in social accountability and progress now recognize that watchdog reporting is as essential to development as good healthcare, honest cops and a level playing field for business.
With this in mind, we start GIJC19 with a look forward. Here are six big thinkers from six countries, with expertise ranging from kleptocracies to artificial intelligence, to give us a glimpse at the challenges ahead.
French translation for this session is provided by CFI, the French media development organization.