• 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.

  • Raising Awareness about Ebola in Guinea at the Heart of the Epidemic

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Internews had just started working in Guinea to build the capacity of local journalists in conflict-sensitive and humanitarian information reporting when the Ebola epidemic broke out in the south-east of the country.

    Jérémie Soupou, Internews' Humanitarian Liaison Officer, immediately began contacting local media and organizing trainings on how best to report on the outbreak. He met with journalists and gave them advice on how to better report and raise awareness of the epidemic of Ebola raging in the region, and advised them to keep the local population informed on a regular basis.

  • US Ambassador Commends DRC Radio Station for Providing Access to Information to the Local Community

    Ambassador Swan with a group outside the radio station
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    The US Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), James Swan recently visited an Internews supported community radio station – Radio Maniema Libertés (MALI) – in Kindu, Maniema province, in the eastern part of the country.

    "To the Radio MALI team, we are proud to be partners," Swan noted in the station's guestbook. "Your job is vital in enabling the population of Maniema to have access to reliable and timely information. With many thanks."

  • Bringing Gender Equity to the Airwaves in South Sudan

    Group of six female South Sudanese journalists
    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Tune into 88FM in Malualkon, South Sudan, and likely you'll hear more than the news and music. You'll hear the voices of community role models.

    "I want to be a mirror of my nation," said Aquilina Adhel, a journalist from Aweil, South Sudan. "I want to be the voice of the voiceless women and children in this country."

  • 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.

  • Internews Represented at International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Conference

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Nick Sera-Leyva, Internews Human Rights and Training Programs Manager for ICT Programs, is representing Internews at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) World Conference in Mexico City this week.

    The ILGA is the only global federation of national and local organizations that works to achieve equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world, with the goal of constructing a more just world where liberty and social harmony prevail based on respect and the protection of human diversity.

  • Internews-trained Journalists Win Awards for In-depth Health Reporting

    Screenshot of the Change for Health app
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Paul Wafula and Daniel Cheseret, both participants in Internews’ data journalism fellowship program in Kenya, have won an honorable mention for the Media Innovation Award category of the World Media Summit’s Global Awards for Excellence.

    Wafula, a fulltime reporter for The Standard, and Cheseret, a freelance news app developer, won for their stories and news app on healthcare investment in Kenya.

  • In Gaza, Information Service Makes Connections to Aid and Services Easier: Jossor Ma’Gaza

    Female reporter interviews 2 men outside
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    A humanitarian information service established in Gaza by Internews has been prompting action on issues of concern expressed by Gaza residents.

    In response to a call by Ahmad Najjar from the town of Khuzaa to the Jossor Ma’Gaza Jossor Ma’Gaza (Bridges with Gaza) radio program, hospitals agreed to provide home to home service. “My wife is gravely injured, I have three more injured at home and the Ministry only pays attention to severe cases,” he said. “We are grateful and thankful to your radio program, as you are the only platform through which we can raise our voices.”