The Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC), with generous funding from the Open Society Foundation of South Africa, has created this website as an online resource for South African investigative journalists.
The media environment in South Africa is not always conducive to investigative journalism. South Africa may have a free media, but the political environment presents many challenges in terms of accessing information – particularly information from the state. Within media houses, limited capacity and restrictive deadlines make it difficult to write stories that might require extensive, in-depth investigations.
In response, ODAC has launched this site as a resource for investigative journalists. It is an online workshop with three core modules:
- Open Data Journalism
- The Promotion of Access to Information Act
- The Protected Disclosures Act
Each module provides you with a different tool to assist your investigative journalism. The structure is simple. Each module has a video lecture, an accompanying PowerPoint presentation, and several supplementary reading materials and videos. Each module ends with a short voluntary quiz which tests you on the core material.