Project Updates

  • Internews in Kenya is a Finalist for the First-Ever Open Data Awards

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    The Open Data Institute is celebrating innovation and excellence in the ways in which open data are used and published with its first-ever Open Data Awards on November 4 in London.

    Internews is a finalist, along with Plantwise and UNHCR, for the Open Data Social Impact Award, which celebrates open data used as a tool for social good.

    Internews was nominated for the impactful budget tracking and county-based service delivery stories produced by journalists and trainees from its data journalism fellowship program.

  • In Gaza, Information Service Makes Connections to Aid and Services Easier: Jossor Ma’Gaza

    Female reporter interviews 2 men outside
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    A humanitarian information service established in Gaza by Internews has been prompting action on issues of concern expressed by Gaza residents.

    In response to a call by Ahmad Najjar from the town of Khuzaa to the Jossor Ma’Gaza Jossor Ma’Gaza (Bridges with Gaza) radio program, hospitals agreed to provide home to home service. “My wife is gravely injured, I have three more injured at home and the Ministry only pays attention to severe cases,” he said. “We are grateful and thankful to your radio program, as you are the only platform through which we can raise our voices.”

  • Gaza Public Embraces a New Kind of News

    Two journalists in the Jossor studio
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    On August 18th, a new radio program, Jossor ma'Gaza (Bridges with Gaza) was launched, dedicated to providing the people of Gaza verified usable information on accessing assistance, aid, and communicating their needs and concerns to the responding organizations and institutions. In an attempt to address the difficulties in communications, the program designed a multi-media approach to reach the affected population in Gaza.

  • Digital Security Training Co-Pilot Helps Journalists Protect Themselves Online

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Internews is one of eighteen recipients of seed funding from the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund for projects aimed at improving journalism or media.

    Internews’ project, called Digital Security Training Co-Pilot, is the creation of an easy-to-use, open source digital trainer tool that will allow digital security trainers to simulate a variety of hostile digital environments, such as a censoring firewall or a surveilling Internet service provider.

  • Information Ecosystem of Myanmar’s Mon State Analyzed in New Report

    Cover: Information Ecosystems in Transition: A Case Study from Myanmar
    Monday, October 20, 2014

    “I have never used the Internet,” said a rural resident of Mon State in Myanmar. “I have heard about the Internet on the radio and in journals, and from other people too. I have heard that information about our country can be shared all over the world when it is shared on the Internet.”

  • In Liberia, Volunteers Use Radio and Face-to-Face Interactions to Spread the Word about Ebola to Local Communities

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    A community organization in Liberia, where health officials have recorded more than 2,400 Ebola deaths, is trying to fight the disease by informing local communities and stopping the spread of rumors and misinformation.

    Community Action Against Ebola (CAAEB), an Internews subgrantee led by nurse Aaron Debah and Roosevelt Dolo, is made up of professional nurses, church members and other community members who spread information through radio programs and face-to-face interactions with the public.

  • E-publication Features Stories by UC Berkeley Students From Around the World

    A man holds a baby
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    “Even though we don’t have enough work or money, the truth is we don’t want them to mine here,” says a young Nahuatl woman in Mexico concerned about water contamination. She was part of a video story about mining protests in Mexico produced by Rachel Witte, a student in the Earth Journalism Scholars program at UC Berkeley.

    Helping journalists produce engaging, relevant and accurate local stories based on global environmental issues has been the main goal of the Earth Journalism Scholars program, a partnership between UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.

  • Afghan Media Organization Convenes High-Level Meeting on Access to Information

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Historically, the government of Afghanistan has been marked by a lack of transparency, with only a vague – and thus far unenforced – reference in its decade-old constitution to the guaranteed right to access to information.

    That all might be changing soon: earlier this summer, Afghanistan’s Lower House of Parliament approved the country’s first-ever Access to Information Law. Now, Internews partner Nai is leading multi-stakeholder advocacy efforts to encourage the swift and responsible passage of the law by Afghanistan’s Upper House, and ultimately by Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.