• “Woyee!” South Sudanese Drama Festival Helps Promote Peace

    Three women perform on a stage with a mural of animals behind them
    Monday, December 21, 2015

    As the participants arrived for the opening ceremony of the Interschool, Colleges and University Drama Festival, they could be heard long before they were seen. A parade of more than 1,000 chanting children and young people, each group marching in order, made its way down Juba’s main roads with a police escort, complete with sirens.

    The festival had been in the works for months. It was organized by the Woyee! Film and Theatre group, and supported by Internews through the i-STREAM Small Grants program. Thirteen participating schools and educational institutions from around Juba were selected through an extensive outreach program.

  • Information is a Lifeline for Refugees

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    In the midst of holiday and end-of-year celebrations, take the time to consider those who are far away from their homes and loved ones, who face insecurity and violence – they rely on the support of donors like you to help them reach safety.

  • Zanzibar in an Information Void Following Elections

      Zanzibar journalism trainees with former Africa Regional Director, Ian Noble.
    Thursday, December 10, 2015

    In the early hours of December 3, 2015, armed gunmen entered Hits FM radio in Zanzibar, threatened the staff, ransacked the station and then set it on fire. Fortunately no one was hurt. No one has been arrested.

  • KHSU - Thursday Night Talk - A Discussion about ISIS

    Thursday, December 10, 2015

    (Internews participated in a discussion about ISIS on the KHSU program Thursday Night Talk.)

    Julia Pitner, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, participated in a radio talk show discussion about the Islamic State and Syria on KHSU's Thursday Night Talk program. The program also included two professors from Humboldt State University - Dr. William Herbrechtsmeier from the Religious Studies department and Leena Dallasheh, History and Middle East studies.

    Pitner talked about the difficulty of reporting from the region:

  • In South Sudan, Solar Power Brings a Community Radio Station Back on Air

    A man installs a solar panel
    Tuesday, December 8, 2015

    Voice of Freedom FM, a community radio station in Magwi, Central Equatoria State, South Sudan, covers everything from local and international news to original programming on conflict resolution, the rights of children, women and persons with disabilities. Or at least it did, until basic maintenance issues forced the station to close in early 2015.

    Situated on a 100 x 100 meter plot of land and with a 60-meter mast donated by the county commissioner, Voice of Freedom, which broadcasts in five different languages, has largely been dependent on resources donated by the community – such as volunteer time and story leads.

  • Open Earth: The Beginning of Global GeoJournalism

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015

    Environmental journalists face a unique challenge: covering local stories of environmental change requires an understanding of global processes.

    To address this challenge, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is launching OpenEarth.net to provide the first global GeoJournalism interface focused on surfacing patterns uncovered by local journalists around the world.

  • All the news that's fit to migrate

    devex: Do Good, Do It Well
    Monday, December 7, 2015

    (Internews' project providing information to refugees on Lesbos is covered in this article from Devex.)

    When refugees arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos, they board buses bound for their next destination. Speakers blaring overhead tell them what will happen next. They learn how to get a ticket for the ferry, where to sleep, what questions to expect.