• 15 Twitter accounts every data journalist should follow

    Carlapedret.cat
    Sunday, February 14, 2016

    (Internews Data Journalism Advisor Eva Constantaras is on this list of the top 15 twitter accounts for data journalists, from Carla Pedret's blog post.)

    Anyone interested in data journalism – also called data-driven journalism or #ddj – should know who are the experts in the field.

    Twitter is a good place to follow them and also to find training, tips and inspiration.

  • For World Radio Day: Messages from Mahad

    Friday, February 12, 2016

    Internews supports citizen engagement in media to connect and empower communities. For World Radio Day, February 13, we celebrate a radio program from South Sudan, one of the most difficult countries for journalists.

    In Mahad, an informal settlement of nearly 3,000 displaced South Sudanese, a young woman—Riak Akech—carries an audio recorder with her every day to record messages from residents for lost family members.

  • TechCon Talks DAB, Large and Small

    Radio World
    Friday, February 12, 2016

    (Two radio engineers from Internews in South Sudan are featured in this article from Radio World.)

    LONDON — The United Kingdom’s Radio Academy’s TechCon event provided a useful annual snapshot of the hot topics in radio engineering, and once again there were updates on the growth of DAB.

  • Messages from Mahad — Using the Airwaves to Connect with Family and Friends

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    (This story was originally posted on Medium.)

    Riak Akech in Juba, South Sudan wakes up to the sound of the muezzin call to prayer for all Muslims. She’s a Christian, but uses the call as an alarm clock in her small tukul (hut) that she shares with her aunt and younger cousin. The tukul is constructed of bamboo and plastic sheets with a UN agency logo imprinted on it.

  • South Sudanese Engineers Share Stage with Radio Experts around the World

    British engineer on left talks to James and Lemmy on right
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    The difficulties of running a radio station in South Sudan are immense. Even leaving aside the obvious security risks and constantly changing political dynamic, radio stations require a consistent electricity supply, and reliable internet.

    Equipment has to be imported and transported to remote locations – often inaccessible by road – and once it gets there it must be regularly maintained against the harsh environment of both beating sun and tropical rains. 

  • “This is where we get leaders” – Loreto Girls use Journalism to Express Themselves

    A young woman wearing headphones and holding a microphone talks to an older man.
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    It’s 8 a.m. Monday morning at Loreto Girls Secondary School, 10 kilometers north of Rumbek, the violence prone capital of Lakes state in South Sudan. The girls line up in four straight rows for their weekly assembly. J – j

    Two students march toward the flagpole and unfurl the South Sudan horizontal tricolor flag of black, red and green. They begin to sing the national anthem in unison. Some put their hands over their hearts.

    Loreto student Mary Jukudu holds an audio recorder in one hand with a pair of headphones covering her ears. She has a look of determination as she presses the record button.

  • Strong, independent media critical for good governance

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    In this article from Devex, Internews President & CEO Jeanne Bourgault and IREX CEO Kristin Lord argue that strengthening independent media and access to trustworthy information is one of the most important conditions for enabling all other development activities to succeed.