When the Haiti earthquake struck in 2010, local radio broadcasting in Creole quickly alerted a disoriented population to safety measures and available aid. This helped get important information to many illiterate Haitians, who account for roughly half of the population. Most importantly, the lifesaving reports came from trusted local voices: Haitian journalists. Read more »
Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, on the border of Kenya and Somalia, is a makeshift home to more than 400,000 people. In this transitory city the need for reliable, accessible humanitarian information was identified by Internews in 2011 as a critical need for a more effective humanitarian response. Read more »
(This post on the WWNO - University of New Orleans radio station - includes an audio interview with Jesse Hardman, who developed the Listening Post project in collaboration with Internews.)
This month WWNO launches a new project called The Listening Post. With the help of local artist Jacques Duffourc, we’ve made three portable recording stations that can move around the city. We’ll host occasional events where anyone can sit down to talk. Read more »
Internews’ refugee trainee reporters in Dadaab took part in a high profile UN panel discussion in Geneva this July, appearing via video link to share their thoughts on humanitarian innovation and Internews’ programme in the camps. The panel discussion, on the subject of "promoting humanitarian innovation," was part of the 2013 Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Read more »
Kangema RANET FM is a local community radio station serving a rural community in Central Kenya. Before a workshop conducted by Internews, the journalists at the station thought their community was not ready to talk about HIV and AIDS. They said they didn’t know anyone living with HIV in their community.
Then some of the workshop speakers turned out to be their neighbors.
The seven-day journalism workshop focused on HIV and stigma and made the journalists realize they had previously ignored the issue in their broadcasts. Read more »
She has a broad smile and open, friendly face. But Liberian journalist Mae Azango has the fierce and courageous heart of a warrior. Although she has received death threats and lost her job over her discussion of sensitive topics, she remains a staunch advocate for the rights of Liberia’s women and girls.
Now writing for FrontPage Africa and New Narratives in Liberia, Azango was one of 18 leading media professionals from around the world whom Internews brought to UNESCO’s World Press Freedom conference in Costa Rica in May. Read more »