In some rural communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, there is no advertising market. To make ends meet, at least two radio stations are exploring creative funding models, including milling rice and renting event equipment. Their innovative business models, launched with small grants, are helping make media sustainable.
In Sri Lanka’s emerging tech community, there are many entrepreneurs who have a genuine wish to do well and do good and contribute to opening up sources of information beyond the traditional media outlets. Vimukthi Liyanage had the drive and skills to develop a news app but teaming up with Code4Good provided the key ingredients he needed to polish and launch his product.
Journalists and activists run the risk of harassment and arrest because of insecure communications. But Jon Camfield, Internews Senior Technologist, explains why security tools don’t work if they aren’t easy to use. Developing with users in mind is at the core of Internews’ USABLE project.
In the aftermath of a natural disaster, even small rumors can makes things worse. On the one year anniversary of the Nepal earthquake, we take a moment to share the story of Open Mic, a rumor tracking and management program that we pioneered in the country.
Internews supports the production of quality content that effectively opens space for discussion and reflects the diversity of the community.
In Sri Lanka, Internews’ Journalist Sprint program brings together young journalists of Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim backgrounds to work together, building understanding of each other’s culture and laying a foundation for much-needed healing and reconciliation in the wake of a 27-year civil war.
Internews focuses on filling gaps in coverage of vital issues to drive local change. In Abyei, a disputed region between Sudan and South Sudan where conflict is the status quo, a radio program called Abyei Today has solidly built a reputation as the most trusted source of information and news among its listeners.
For nearly three years the program was a pre-packaged, pre-recorded magazine show of news stories and features reflecting the people and circumstances of Abyei. Now, to the delight of the staff and listeners, the program has gone live.
Internews works to include the voices of historically disadvantaged groups such as women, ethnic or religious minorities, and LGBT people.
Amina Azimi was a young girl when she lost her right leg from a rocket propelled grenade that landed near her home in Kabul. Now she works supporting and empowering women with disabilities in Afghanistan and neighboring countries.
Before that, with two other disabled journalists, Amina produced a radio program in Afghanistan for people with disabilities, providing crucial information and advocating for their human rights.
Internews believes that democracy is strengthened when citizens have the tools to critically engage with and analyze media. In Ukraine, this means educating teens and young adults.
Hyperbole, disinformation, propaganda. Three words that have defined the media landscape in Ukraine for many years. However, Internews now has evidence that Ukrainian attitudes towards both domestic and Russian journalism are changing and that Generation Z, those born since the year 2000, could be powering that change.