• Protecting High-Risk Tech Users: A Movement for Usability

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    (This story was originally posted on Medium.)

    Janvier Hakizimana has a radical idea.

    “Governments and large global bodies like the United Nations subsidize new medications to fight disease. Why not also subsidize the adaptation of technology so that it can meet the needs of local communities?”

  • The Silent Crime in Sri Lanka

    Khmer Times: News as it Happens
    Tuesday, July 5, 2016

    (This article in the Khmer Times is a re-print of a Medium article by Internews about harassment of women journalists in Sri Lanka.)

    The year 2012 was still a dangerous time to be a journalist in Sri Lanka. The 27-year civil war ended in May 2009, but the president who oversaw the final stages of the war, Mahinda Rajapaksa, continued to rule over this island nation of 21 million with an iron hand.

  • Telling our own stories

    African Independent
    Friday, July 1, 2016

    (Internews is supporting the film festival and training described in this article from African Independent.)

    Juba is the newest capital city in the world and the first edition of the Juba Film Festival, taking place from July 4 to 7 on the eve of South Sudan’s fifth independence anniversary, is changing perspectives and documenting transformation in the country.

  • Grazing Cattle Side-by-Side

    Two boys face the camera with cattle roaming behind them.
    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    Loka John sits down on a blue plastic chair in the Singaita 88.3 FM newsroom. The 23-year-old sets his notebook on the table in front of him and flips it open to an empty page. He scrawls a few notes with his pen.

    The news meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. John pitches his story idea to the four other reporters, news manager, and journalism trainer.

    “I attended a meeting yesterday led by the governor and deputy governor over the conflict near my boma [village] in Budi County,” John said.

  • Information Reaches Remote Communities in Leer County

    A journalist interviews three women standing outside
    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    "We need to know more about the peace process in Juba,” said a resident of Thonyor Payam in Leer County, South Sudan. ”We’ve suffered so much in the war and our property has been destroyed. We don’t know what is happening in the city. What is going to happen to us?”

    These sentiments are echoed by many people in this remote part of the country.

  • Saving Lives through Health Journalism in South Sudan

    In an office, three journalists interview a woman
    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    Dhieu Williams is convinced he can play an important role in his country, even saving lives. “We can be ambassadors within our country,” he said. “Producing well-researched reports for our listeners and readers. Knowledgeable reporting on health issues will save lives here.”

    Williams is a Juba-based newspaper journalist and he’s busy on his laptop setting up social media groups to link up 12 reporters from across South Sudan who have just completed an intensive training fellowship on how to cover health issues.

  • The Silent Crime

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    In Sri Lanka, the government has promised widespread media reforms. In this hopeful moment, however, sexual harassment and intimidation both online and offline remains one of the most powerful barriers to women's participation in media. Renowned Sri Lankan journalist Dilrukshi Handunnetti is trying to change that:

    “If you are an equal opportunity employer, you should ensure that you are not only hiring, you are making the conditions so that women can stay on, work and progress.”

  • Forums in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras Address Freedom of Information and Threats and Challenges for Journalists

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    In an effort to enhance freedom of expression and access to information in the three Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Internews organized forums in each country to provide key representatives from media, civil society and state institutions a unique opportunity to share their concerns and hopes on the issues. 120 participants attended the three forums.

  • EJN InfoCongo Fund will Support In-Depth Reporting in Central Africa

    infocongo
    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    With the support of the World Resources Institute, the initiative InfoCongo will finance stories that highlight the environmental change in the region. InfoCongo.org is the geoJournalism platform of Internews' Earth Journalism Network (EJN) in Central Africa. Launched in August 2015, it aims to identify local and international reporters dedicated to covering environmental issues in the region. The main focus is to show the impacts of environmental change on human lives and ecosystems.