• Data Dredger Helps Journalists Tell In-Depth Family Planning Stories

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    In the first three decades of independence Kenyan families began to have far fewer children after Kenya became the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to encourage family planning. However, in the last two decades, the birth rate became fixed at around five children per woman, putting both mothers and children at higher risk of premature death. These are some of the revelations on the Data Dredger project: The lost decades: Family planning in Kenya.

  • Internews in Kenya Honored for Data Journalism

    A woman looks at some papers posted on a wall
    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Opening county health budgets, exploring the underlying causes of malnutrition in Turkana and unearthing corruption in Kenya's safety net program were just some of the projects that earned Internews in Kenya and its 2013 data journalism fellows recognition for its contribution to the open data movement. The competition was run by the Open Knowledge Foundation as part of the Partnership for Open Data, a joint initiative of the Open Knowledge Foundation, the Open Data Institute and the World Bank.

  • John Gatluak Manguet Nhial, South Sudan

    John Gatluak Manguet Nhial
    Friday, July 25, 2014

    John Gatluak Manguet Nhial is one of four journalists from South Sudan visiting the US as part of the US-Africa Leaders Summit

    Based at Naath FM in Leer, Unity State, Station Coordinator John Gatluak found that his station was at the center of events as fighting spread from Juba into the states. Leer is the town of former vice president Riek Macher and Unity State is home to the strategically-important oil fields.

  • Koang Pal Chang, South Sudan

    Koang Pal Chang
    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Koang Pal Chang is one of four journalists from South Sudan visiting the US as part of the US-Africa Leaders Summit

    Koang Pal Chang has recently assumed the role as the director of Eye Radio, representing a culmination of his long years of service to the station, in its current and previous incarnations.  This steady rise was interrupted by the recent conflict which Koang witnessed in terrifying detail as it erupted around him.

  • South Sudan: Information Saves Lives and Builds Peace

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    South Sudan holds the title of the world’s newest country, having only declared its independence in 2011. The new country faces a harrowing set of challenges, including inadequate infrastructure, high levels of poverty, and poor health conditions. These challenges were only aggravated by the conflict that erupted in December 2013, displacing more than 1 million citizens, and jeopardizing lives, homes, and resources.

  • Internews Names Shannon England as Vice President for Global Development

    Shannon England
    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Shannon England is the new Vice President for Global Development for Internews, an international organization dedicated to helping communities participate in and realize the benefits of independent media, technology, and the free flow of information.

    “Shannon is a great asset to Internews in this role,” said Jeanne Bourgault, President and CEO of Internews. “Her wide experience in business development will help Internews engage a diverse group of funders with philanthropic interests that align with our mission. We are very pleased to have her join us.”

  • Internews Names Shannon England as Vice President for Global Development

    Shannon England
    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Shannon England is the new Vice President for Global Development for Internews, an international organization dedicated to helping communities participate in and realize the benefits of independent media, technology, and the free flow of information.

    “Shannon is a great asset to Internews in this role,” said Jeanne Bourgault, President and CEO of Internews. “Her wide experience in business development will help Internews engage a diverse group of funders with philanthropic interests that align with our mission. We are very pleased to have her join us.”

  • OK Fest 2014: Open that data!

    VisualLoop
    Monday, July 21, 2014

    (Internews' Data Journalism Advisor, Eva Constantaras' presentation at OK Fest 2014 is highlighted in this post from VisualLoop.)

    In one of those rare incursions out of the depths of Brazil, we had the pleasure to attend the Open Knowledge Festival 2014 in Berlin, last week – after all, one of our Dataviz Wishes for 2014 was that “Open Data became bigger than Big Data”, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to check out what the community is developing on a global scale.