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Reporter Verah Okeyo, wearing jeans, talks with Kenyans who live in Samburu County in the northern part of the country

African journalists win Microsoft News program grant

Afrcan Mother carrying her baby

Using the power of data to improve children’s health

Verah Okeyo is one of the data journalism grantees winners in the Microsoft News grant program in collaboration with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), using the opportunity to learn more about child mortality rates in Kenya. It is a topic she often covers as a health care reporter for The Nation, the largest daily independent newspaper in Kenya.

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Nigerian journalists document impacts of oil contamination

Journalists Ruth Olurounbi and Kelechukwu Iruoma, chosen by Microsoft News and the International Center for Journalists for an ICFJ Alumni Reporting Grant, focus their work, emphasizing immersive storytelling. The duo is investigating how the contamination has affected the health of those who live in Ogoniland. Previous studies have linked oil spills to cancer, childhood malnutrition and low fertility, among other health problems.

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