• Crowd-ed + Coordinated: FOSS in Africa

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    (This blog post was written by Aurelia Moser, an Open News Fellow at Internews in Kenya.)

    “There’s no more powerful force in modern society than the news. It shapes how we see the world, what we judge to be good or bad, important or silly, right or wrong.”
    ~ Alain de Botton, “Have you Heard the News?” Psychologies, 4/2014

  • Afghan Website Increases Access to Elections-Focused News and Information

    Woman puts a folded paper in the ballot box
    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    To promote increased access to information on the electoral process, in preparation for the April 5 presidential elections, Internews worked with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) to create the open-source elections website, VOTE.af.  PAN is Afghanistan’s leading newswire service.

    The website, which received 15,364 visits in February, features voter information, connections to national institutions engaged in the elections, as well as detailed pages for all 34 provinces, with local news and local election information.

  • SaferJourno Toolkit Provides Digital and Online Safety Resources for Journalism and Media Trainers

    Cover: SaferJourno
    Monday, March 24, 2014

    In 2005, Internews conducted its first digital safety training seminar, for journalists in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Since then, we’ve trained and collaborated with hundreds of journalists and bloggers around the world on digital security issues. Together we’ve been learning the lessons of the rapidly-changing technology in the work and craft of journalism. The challenges of staying safe and secure online, while keeping sources and data safe are now the new reality for media workers everywhere.

  • Using Media to Help Citizens of Central African Republic Find Relief and Prepare for Peace

    Friday, March 21, 2014

    The current crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has severely compromised the capacity of local media to do their job and is starving communities of one of their most precious assets, local radio and news.

    In a country with no more than a few hundred kilometers of paved roads and with mobile connectivity limited to the main cities, local radio stations have historically been a lifeline – what people use to find out what’s going on around them.

  • Radyo Bakdaw’s Practical Advice Helps Typhoon Survivors Get Back on their Feet

    Three men at a building site, one recording with a microphone
    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Fishermen Guillermo and Sosimo are live on Radyo Bakdaw’s Livelihoods program reporting to Cristina, their financial advisor, that they have beaten the savings target she set for them last week. Cristina is taking them through a process of learning how to budget, save and make investment decisions as part of an effort to help residents of Guiuan in the Philippines get back on their feet.

    The hope is that Guillermo and Sosimo will serve as role models for listeners.

  • Young Coders “Astound” Judges at Myanmar’s First-Ever Hackathon

    Two young men hold their smart phones toward the camera
    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    After an intense 48 hours, Myanmar’s first-ever hackathon finished at 6pm on Sunday, March 16. The hackathon, which was organized by Code for Change Myanmar and supported by Internews, brought together 76 of Myanmar’s most talented young developers, designers and entrepreneurs.

    When the hackathon began at 6pm on Friday March 14, the participants were presented with eight problems from six different NGOs. The problems ranged from how to help women manage birth spacing to how to make it easier for farmers to optimize irrigation.