• 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.

  • Phandeeyar to Support Social Change

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    This is a critical moment for Myanmar. After decades shut off from the world, the country is finally opening up. Elections will be held in just 15 months, but the organizations that are vital to a democratic transition – civil society groups and independent media – face enormous challenges.

    Fortunately, a whole new world of tools is becoming available. Myanmar is on the cusp of a connectivity revolution. Four telecommunication companies are racing to put a smartphone in the hands of Myanmar's 51 million people. The internet era is coming. This creates great opportunities for those pushing for social change.

  • Empowering Journalists Reporting on Peace in Myanmar

    A woman interviews a small child while other women and children look on.
    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Conflict Sensitive Journalism is an essential practice worldwide, but most especially in countries with active conflicts, be they cross-border wars or long standing civil unrest.  Internews has trained thousands of journalists around the globe to play their essential role of independent watchdogs with great care, and in such a way that media can become a powerful tool for resolving conflicts.