Project Updates

  • Solar Power Lights up Mayardit FM

    Solar panels above a patch of bare dirt
    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Mayardit FM, an Internews supported community radio station in Turalei, Warrap State, has long struggled with inconsistent power.

    “I heard they were out of power for three days, so I came straight here,” says Internews Electrical Engineer Issa Kassimu. He concluded that the station’s generator had to be replaced, and so did the backup batteries, which were depleted from repeated insufficient charging during the day.

  • Mingkaman’s Young Reporters Ease Hostility and Unite Youth on the Airwaves

    A young woman speaks into a microphone
    Friday, May 13, 2016

    “I would like to welcome my guests. It’s now time for the new Mingkaman Young Reporters program,” says 100 FM daytime host Deng Daniel Ngor.

    Four Mingkaman residents, out of a group of 12 youth trained on radio and photography by Internews, sat across the table from Ngor in the radio studio. The program highlights pressing issues in the community from the point of view of local youth and the “young at heart.” One such issue is the lack of educational opportunities.

  • Ban Ki-Moon Visits PoC, and Boda Boda Talk Talk is There!

    A group of people walk outside, including Ban Ki-Moon
    Friday, May 13, 2016

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon paid a special visit to the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba in February as part of his official visit to South Sudan, where he met with the country’s leaders and appealed for peace.

    Speaking to a group of children at the Hope Primary School located inside the PoC, he recounted his own childhood growing up during the Korean War and challenged the leaders and development partners present to invest in education for children.

  • Internews-trained Journalists Win Reporting Awards in Tanzania and Make an Impact in Local Communities

    A man hands a certificate to a woman on the stage
    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Seven of the 84 journalists who were recognized at the Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania 2015, were journalists who had been trained by Internews.

    A panel of senior journalists selected by the Media Council of Tanzania judged and awarded print, radio and television stories using a rigorous criteria. The awards were presented on April 29th, 2016.

    Emmanuel Kitomari of Kilimanjaro Film Institute from Arusha received three awards for his reporting in the categories of Gender, Reporting on People with Disabilities and Agriculture and Agribusiness.

  • What Good Are Secure Communications Tools if No One Uses Them?

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    (This story was originally posted on Medium.)

    It was the second day of digital security training, and I was losing the room. The journalists, documentarians, and media activists around the table were more intent on following their friends and colleagues via Facebook chat than dealing with the fidgety, hard to install, but super-secure communications tools I was trying to promote.