Project Updates

  • “I climbed Mt Everest and I’m scared”

    Thursday, September 8, 2016

    (This story was originally posted on Medium.)

    Apa Sherpa — who has climbed Everest a record 21 times — is not afraid of heights or blizzards.

    “The most worrying issue is that the mountains are holding less and less snow and I can feel it when I climb Mount Everest. It’s not a normal phenomenon,” he says.

  • Young Sri Lanka Journalist Wins an Award

    A man hands Vasantha Mary an award while another man watches
    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Sri Lankan journalist Vasantha Mary, a One Sri Lanka Fellow, was recognized for producing the best Tamil feature article published in the month of July 2016. She was recognized by Lakehouse, one of Sri Lanka’s leading newspaper groups. Its monthly Ran Salakuna (Golden Mark) program recognizes the outstanding work of journalists working in the Sinhala, Tamil and English newspapers owned by the group. Vasantha works at Thinakaran newspaper and was previously employed at Virakesari, a leading Tamil daily.

  • Mediated Information

    Friday, September 2, 2016

    (This story was originally posted on Medium.)

    In a beauty parlor in the Macroyan area of Afghanistan, women gather to have their makeup done. Among the few public places in Afghanistan that are exclusively for women, the women watch beauty tips from Indian programming on TV, and surf Facebook for fashion pages.

  • Boda Boda Talk Talk Going Strong!

    Two men stand under a tent
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    Since July 11, 2016, when renewed violence broke out in South Sudan, many NGOs evacuated staff and curtailed programs. Internews evacuated all international staff, but has continued to support programming, uninterrupted, throughout.

    All of our radio stations throughout the country, and Humanitarian Information Services in the POCs, have broadcasted throughout the conflict up to date, with remote support from our team of trainers and project managers.

  • From Weddings to Journalism – Using Drones to Report on Critical Issues in Sri Lanka

    One man holds a drone, another man operates the controls and two others look on.
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    Kaushalye, a reporter for the Sinhala language newspaper Lankadeepa in Sri Lanka, had planned to purchase a drone to photograph weddings and other events. He had never heard about using drones for journalism until he attended a workshop in Mount Lavinia. Kaushalye’s interest was kindled – he said he found the rules and regulations and ethics components especially useful.

  • Information Changes the Lives of Refugees and Humanitarian Workers

    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    World Humanitarian Day on August 19 recognizes and honors the aid workers and volunteers working on the frontlines of crises who risk their lives in humanitarian service.

    More than 130 million people, including refugees and internally displaced people, around the world need humanitarian assistance to survive. A very important part of that assistance includes information that people can use to make decisions about their lives, including a feedback loop so that humanitarian aid workers know what kind of information the communities they serve are asking for and need.

  • Providing Public Health Information in South Sudan

    3 journalists sit across the desk from a woman they are interviewing
    Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    “We can be ambassadors within our country, producing well-researched reports for our listeners and readers. Knowledgeable reporting on health issues will save lives here.”

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

    He knows it’ll be a challenge because South Sudan is burdened by – in many cases – the worst health indicators in the world.