Partners of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) in the Philippines, Argentina, Nigeria, India, Indonesia and Brazil will be leading video press briefings summarizing the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings leading up to the release of a major report.
“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.
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.
“We need you to tell our story,” Headman Pan Changairo says to a group of journalists. “We don’t want to lose our land and our way of life.” Changairo is concerned about the effects a proposed large-scale dam would have on his village in Northern Thailand, Mae Khannin Tai.
When the President of Sierra Leone announced a national three-day lockdown on September 18, the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) and the Independent Radio Network (IRN) sprang into action.
Most Sierra Leoneans complied with the order and stayed at home, tuning into their radios religiously.
Aaron Debah is a nurse in Ganta, Liberia – on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak. As well as serving as Executive Director of Community Action Against Ebola (CAAEB), Debah has also been producing radio shows on health issues for two years.
Josh Machleder, Internews Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and Asia Programs is traveling in Eurasia, visiting Internews projects and sending updates on the work of local media and civil society in-country.
When Anja Gengo, a third-year law student at the University of Sarajevo, saw the USAID-funded Internews project in Bosnia call for applicants to its Media Law Clinic and Moot Court, she didn't even know that media law existed. "It's something you don't even hear about," she said.
Even while Afghanistan’s contested presidential election dominated headlines, some Afghans had already been gearing up for the parliamentary elections tentatively scheduled for 2015.
To encourage local youth to discuss how next year’s election will impact their daily lives and communities, the Afghan Cultural House, with support from Internews, held its first mock parliamentary election last month, drawing the participation of 82 young men and women.