WikkiTimes, a Bauchi-based data and investigative platform has been selected for a $50,000 grant from Nigeria Media Innovation Program (NAMIP).
The program is designed to help WikiTimes increase its revenue, test new business models and instill financial discipline.
The platform was among ten media organizations selected for the grant.
The others include Daily Trust, Premium Times, Nigerian Health Watch, Republic Journal,
“We are excited to announce the 10 organisations joining NAMIP! https://namip.mdif.org/10-new-organisations-join-namips-innovative-cohort/ Welcome to the cohort,” NAMIP stated.
“These organisations are joining the earlier 14 organisation and will focus on increasing capacity, building audiences, and generating sustainable and diverse revenue streams,” it added.
The NAMIP cohort is a 3-year initiative working to increase capacity, generate sustainable and diverse revenue streams, and build audiences of independent media in Nigeria, particularly those reaching underserved communities.
Launched in February 2022, and supported by MacArthur Foundation, it seeks to support the editorial independence of media organisations by strengthening their financial sustainability.
NAMIP, being a multi-year media initiative seeks to accelerate digital media innovation and sustainability among independent media outlets in Nigeria that are struggling with unsustainable business models and grant-dependency, while audiences lack diversity of reliable news and information sources.
It also aimed at helping media organizations to increase revenues, test new business models and instill financial discipline.
It will also help participating media to build a robust community of partnership and collaboration.
The selected participants for this round are:
ASHE News – an independent online news platform dedicated to combating fake news, and mis/disinformation through their ASK FACK-CHECK HUB.
Digital Trust – is a subsidiary of Media Trust Limited, aleading Nigerian newspaper publishing company based in Abuja with arguably the largest circulation in northern Nigeria, running the English-language Daily Trust, Saturday Trust, Sunday Trust and the Hausa-language Aminiya newspapers, as well as the Trust TV.
MSME Africa – a digital one-stop hub forthe Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises offering timely daily news, details about opportunities, educative articles, spotlights on entrepreneurs and MSME brands, as well as other tools and resources.
Nigeria Health Watch – a not-for-profit health communication and advocacy organization that seeks to advocate for better health for Nigerians raising awareness and increasing knowledge on a wide range of health issues.
Omalicha Radio – a new, independent radio station set up to challenge stereotypes and be a voice for development, targeting in-depth analyses and dissemination of policies..
Premium Times –a leading online news, and investigative journalism platform, driven by its vision to help strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.
TechPoint Africa – a leading digital media company, dedicated to showcasing and amplifying the best innovations emerging from Africathrough its diverse range of publications, data-driven insights, and engaging events.
The Republic – a magazine and platform that explores the world as Nigerian. Behind the magazine is the belief that writing can connect, empower, and humanize communities, and a society of people who consider urgent the need for a Nigeria more critical of itself.
Women Radio – Nigeria’s only radio station dedicated to women,with fully female centric programming that amplifies voices of women to foster national development.