There is one week left to apply for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) 2012 Mobile News Grants and Training Scheme, which provides newspaper companies in Sub-Saharan Africa with an opportunity to develop or expand their mobile platforms.
The project aims to increase accessibility of news across mobile platforms in Africa and offer increased news services to communities that may be otherwise underserved. Participating newspapers will receive funding, consultation and training to develop their mobile businesses.
Mobile News for Africa grants were made to nine newspapers last year, resulting in the development of 10 mobile news applications. WAN-IFRA will be selecting five more newspapers to participate in 2012 and is accepting applications from those seeking to develop new mobile platforms or improve or expand existing platforms.
The project has also produced a handbook, “Mobile Media Services at Sub-Saharan African Newspapers: a Guide to Implementing Mobile News and Mobile Business,” co-published by WAN-IFRA and the African Media Initiative. The handbook can be downloaded without charge from http://tinyurl.com/4y9dcth