• Improving Media Standards in Somalia

    A woman speaks into a microphone
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Journalists in Somalia continue to work under harsh conditions, often employed by media outlets that focus on conflict reporting despite their own lack of adequate training to report without putting their lives at risk.[1] The majority of radio journalists are young and were born and raised in Mogadishu during the civil war. They have not received a formal journalistic training; hence they are not fully aware of their role, of the impact of the stories they choose to tell or of the current media polarisation in the country.

  • Mingkaman FM: Helping to Foster Peace among Cattle Keepers

    A man holds a cell phone
    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Smoke billows from piles of smoldering cow dung at a cattle camp outside the town of Mingkaman, South Sudan. Children covered in ash dump grain bags full of fresh manure on to the ground, beside their makeshift homes.

    Once dried by the sun, they throw it on to the burning dung heaps. This keeps mosquitos from biting and infecting the nearly 3,000 head of cattle, a source of livelihood for dozens of families living in the cattle camp.

  • How one group is making it easier to use social media in Afghanistan

    Columbia Journalism Review
    Thursday, November 6, 2014

    (Alicia Shepard, working with Internews in Afghanistan, wrote this column for the Columbia Journalism Review on the challenges and opportunities for social media in the country.)

    KABUL—The invitation for the second annual Afghan Social Media Summit in Kabul arrived with all the pertinent details except one—the location.

    This is Afghanistan after all. Security trumps everything. So the location was only released at the last minute along with credentials.

  • Raising Awareness about Ebola in Guinea at the Heart of the Epidemic

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Internews had just started working in Guinea to build the capacity of local journalists in conflict-sensitive and humanitarian information reporting when the Ebola epidemic broke out in the south-east of the country.

    Jérémie Soupou, Internews' Humanitarian Liaison Officer, immediately began contacting local media and organizing trainings on how best to report on the outbreak. He met with journalists and gave them advice on how to better report and raise awareness of the epidemic of Ebola raging in the region, and advised them to keep the local population informed on a regular basis.

  • US Ambassador Commends DRC Radio Station for Providing Access to Information to the Local Community

    Ambassador Swan with a group outside the radio station
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    The US Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), James Swan recently visited an Internews supported community radio station – Radio Maniema Libertés (MALI) – in Kindu, Maniema province, in the eastern part of the country.

    "To the Radio MALI team, we are proud to be partners," Swan noted in the station's guestbook. "Your job is vital in enabling the population of Maniema to have access to reliable and timely information. With many thanks."

  • Bringing Gender Equity to the Airwaves in South Sudan

    Group of six female South Sudanese journalists
    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Tune into 88FM in Malualkon, South Sudan, and likely you'll hear more than the news and music. You'll hear the voices of community role models.

    "I want to be a mirror of my nation," said Aquilina Adhel, a journalist from Aweil, South Sudan. "I want to be the voice of the voiceless women and children in this country."