Internews President Jeanne Bourgault writes from the World Economic Forum in Davos: "Open data has the potential to drive positive social change, and data-journalists can be key to creating the stories that bring that data to life. But getting there is not easy." Read the blog:
"Freedom of expression isn't just an American value. It is an international value. People cherish it and will fight for it. We are seeing that all over the world." − Jeanne Bourgault, President & CEO of Internews, on an episode of Smart Women, Smart Power: Media Dangers in Global Conflict Zones.
Our new Impact Report shows where and how Internews works to support the free flow of information that empowers citizens worldwide. Click through to learn about some of the amazing people we've worked with in the past year, from South Sudan to Afghanistan.
I'm proud of what we've accomplished with our supporters and our global staff. And I thank you for believing in the power behind our simple motto: Local Voices, Global Change.
As 2014 comes to a close and we usher in a new year, I am taking the time to reflect on the impact our programs have had on people and communities all over the world – from South Sudan to closer to home in New Orleans. I am so proud of the work we do: ensuring access to high quality informationand supporting independent, local media all over the world. This valuable work would not be possible without you.
I want to be a mirror of my nation. I want to be the voice of the voiceless women and children in this country." That's the inspiring voice of Aquilina Adhel, a journalist Internews works with in South Sudan.
At Internews, I'm always proud of our incredible staff. I'm proud of the work they do, of course, but also proud of the people they are. Today's email is different than our usual news, but I wanted to take the opportunity to share a personal story from someone very important to all of us at Internews, our COO David Creekmore.
I joined Internews' board of directors this past year because I believe that a free press and access to information are the keys to building stable democracies over time. Accessing high quality information – whether through radio or the internet -- can play a catalytic role in communities' growth and progress.