• Giving Tuesday - Information is a Human Right

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    I joined Internews' board of directors this past year because I believe that a free press and access to information are the keys to building stable democracies over time. Accessing high quality information – whether through radio or the internet -- can play a catalytic role in communities' growth and progress.

  • Open mapping for development

    Sci Dev Net
    Monday, December 1, 2014

    (Willie Schubert, Senior Program Coordinator for Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, is interviewed in this SciDevNet podcast on mapping for international Development.)

    In this month's programme, we discover how technology is turning mapping into a powerful tool for supporting development and tackling humanitarian crises.

  • Internews Partner Shares Young Afghans’ Hopes and Concerns with President Ghani

    A group of people stand on either side of Ghani
    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    Greater educational opportunities, job creation, and an independent governmental entity focused on youth issues: those were among the top concerns Basir Bita, representing young Afghans across the country, relayed to new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during an October 5 briefing about the new government's agenda for youth and civil society engagement.

  • Open Data in Asia’s Water Tower: data.thethirdpole.net

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    "There was drought so we had to share the little water brought a long distance from irrigation canals to the field. This delay in rice planting is resulting in a late harvest," explains Ratna Darai, 47, a farmer in Daraipadhera, Nepal during an interview with thethirdpole.net reporter Ramesh Bhushal.

  • How one group is making it easier to use social media in Afghanistan

    Columbia Journalism Review
    Thursday, November 6, 2014

    (Alicia Shepard, working with Internews in Afghanistan, wrote this column for the Columbia Journalism Review on the challenges and opportunities for social media in the country.)

    KABUL—The invitation for the second annual Afghan Social Media Summit in Kabul arrived with all the pertinent details except one—the location.

    This is Afghanistan after all. Security trumps everything. So the location was only released at the last minute along with credentials.

  • Aspiring Afghan Lawyers Debate Media Law in Moot Court Competition

    A man stands behind a podium addressing 4 people seated at a table.
    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    As Afghan government officials debate the draft Access to Information Law in Parliament, dozens of aspiring media lawyers took the floor themselves in October's media law moot court competition organized by Internews and supported by USAID.

    On October 14, teams representing seven universities across the country – Herat, Balkh, Kandahar, Khost, Kunduz, Takhar, and Albironi – convened at Kabul University's Information Center to present their oral statements on cases covering issues that ranged from privacy to freedom of expression and Islam to defamation.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Neha Sethi, Reporting on the Environment in India

    Neha Sethi
    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Neha Sethi has just been named the Earth Journalism Scholar for 2015. Earth Journalism Scholars attend the UC Berkeley (UCB) Graduate School of Journalism in the spring semester, through a partnership between Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and UCB. Courses include the graduate-level Earth Journalism course on international environmental reporting, co-taught by EJN Executive Director James Fahn. Sethi was selected from more than 80 applicants in a competitive application process.