Project FiveARM secure crisis journalism source data collection project, ProjectFiveARM, wins 2016 Walkley Grant for Innovation in Journalism

by Nick Chesterfield

Project FIVEARM Coodrinator & Editor at West Papua Media.

October 21, 2016

Westpapuamedia’s special secure field journalism source data collection project, @ProjectFiveARM has won a 2016 Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism.

I wish thank the grant judges, James Kirby, wealth editor of The Australian & co-founder of Eureka Report, Ramin Marzbani, leading technology, internet and financial services analyst, and Jacqui Park, CEO of the Walkley Foundation, for believing in the need to support indigenous journalists in West Papua and beyond, to be able to securely collect tested, credible source data from human security incidents, to share as globally actionable reportage and witness journalism.…/

“FiveARM Crisis Journalism Secure Reporting Tool

Nick Chesterfield (West Papua Media)

Award: $15,000

FiveARM will help get accurate reports out of hard to access crisis areas by connecting eyewitness accounts with simple, secure and tested smartphone technology. Nick is working on coding a scientific information collection process, that can be used for reporting human security issues and eyewitness reports from crisis areas – local independent journalists will be able to use this tool to record witness statements into credible, verified reports suitable for journalists, UN agencies and more. After local testing on existing and new datasets, Nick will roll out the app on secure smartphones and train independent journalists working in West Papua to test the application. Ultimately he hopes the app will be useful (with basic customisation) in any crisis situation anywhere around the world.”

This project is just beginning. A major crowd funding campaign will be forthcoming shortly, to pay for the next phases and the equipment and training to roll this out. We absolutely are looking for coders and journalism innovators to get involved, as well as translators, video producers, graphic designers, and of course fundraisers. Keep watching for more.

Further grants are being sought by interested bodies to pay for translations, equipment, necessary travel and training workshops, as well as onngoing salary support. Please contact us at fivearm<@> if you are able to assist.

Crowdsourced Donations greatly welcomed to bring this project even wider. Please donate via

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