We’re pleased to announce that The Republic has been selected as a recipient of the Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge. The GNI Innovation Challenges ’empower news organizations from around the world that pioneer new thinking in online journalism, develop new paths to sustainability and better understand their communities.’
With the support of the GNI, we are excited to develop ‘Atlas’—a digital platform helping newsrooms source and license quality images from local African photographers and photojournalists.
With Atlas, built by Africans for Africans, we aim not only to bridge this diversity gap but reshape the media industry which will revolutionize how the world ‘sees’ and understands Africa.
The Republic is one of five Nigerian publications (including the Foundation for Investigative Journalism Nigeria) that won this challenge. The GNI Innovative Challenge was launched in 2018 and today, The Republic has become the first magazine in Nigeria to win this challenge.
A message from founder and editor-in-chief, Wale Lawal
This means more dignifying, attractive and engaging visual content that newsrooms can use to retain audiences or to publish on image-based platforms like Instagram, Pinterest and TikTok. It means turning photojournalism into a viable, more formal means of livelihood for African photographers.
Africa has historically been misrepresented in the media and so we’re eager to see Atlas not only reshape the media industry but also revolutionize how the world ‘sees’ and understands Africa⎈