• Radio Program for Refugees in Dadaab Launches

    Four journalists confer during a training
    Friday, March 1, 2013

    When Somali journalist Shine Jamac was forced to flee his homeland in 2009, he first sought asylum in Ethiopia. It was not long before his profession began to cause him problems.

    “When I was seeking asylum at the border a journalist asked to interview me because it was World Refugee Day. He asked me what I did for a living in Somalia, and I told him I was a fellow reporter. In Ethiopia they do not respect journalists, so when they heard this they put me in jail for 20 days,” Shine says with a rueful smile.

  • "Open Asia" Helps Inform Communities about Local Environmental Concerns

    Two journalists work on a laptop computer
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    In the spring of 2012, melting snow and heavy rains caused mudflows and flash floods across Kyrgyzstan. The Ministry of Emergencies did not have the money or resources to deal adequately with the crisis, and residents were left to fend for themselves after the floods destroyed their homes and belongings.

  • When Information Is a Lifeline: the Role of Local Media in Humanitarian Crises

    When Information Is a Lifeline: the Role of Local Media in Humanitarian Crises
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    (This article in the January/February 2013 edition of USAID Frontlines discusses Internews' program providing humanitarian information to Haitians after the 2010 earthquake.)

    When the powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, resulting in more than 230,000 deaths and at least 300,000 injuries in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, communications infrastructure went critical.

  • Partnership with University of California Helps Build a Strong Foundation for Environmental Journalism

    Monday, February 4, 2013

    Internews' Earth Journalism Network (EJN) creates a strong foundation for environmental journalism around the world by training local journalists, establishing journalism networks and facilitating partnerships. These goals were boosted recently with a major new partnership between EJN and the University of California at Berkeley to train environmental journalists. With evolving change in Burma, the effects of working with local journalists to report on environmental concerns became evident.

  • Building and Strengthening Networks of Environmental Journalists

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    After reviewing well over 100 applications, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is funding five projects focused on building and strengthening networks of environmental journalists in Argentina, Central African Republic, India, Philippines, and Tunisia.

  • Journalists Help Bring Reforms to a Changing Burma

    two monks look at photos displayed on a wall
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    A historic Internews-sponsored journalism expedition on the Irrawaddy River is being credited with helping to turn the government against supporting construction of a controversial dam.

    Internews’ Earth Journalism Network supported an eight-day trip by a group of 26 journalists, writers, photographers and documentary film-makers on the Irrawaddy River north of Mandalay in 2009. The participants traveled along the river to Bamaw and back, visited local communities, engaged in on-board roundtable discussions with expert speakers, and produced plenty of stories for their home media organizations.

  • Does Media Make a Difference for Gays in Kenya?

    Monday, December 24, 2012

    Same-sex relations are illegal in most countries in Africa.

    Early next year in Uganda, the parliament will vote on an Anti-Homosexuality Bill that has the enthusiastic support of the parliament's speaker. Since the bill was introduced in 2009, the frequency with which Ugandans now talk or hear about homosexuality has dramatically increased. However, discussion of gay rights in the media is prohibited by the Electronic Media Act, which prohibits any broadcasting that violates public morality.

  • Telling Medical Circumcision Stories in Kenya: 2008 – 2012

    Monday, December 17, 2012

    A media content analysis and assessment recently conducted by AVAC and USAID in seven East and Southern African countries shows high quality health journalism can catalyze positive change. The assessment was done in countries where Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) services are being scaled up for HIV prevention. Among the seven countries, Kenya – often lauded as the success story in scaling up VMMC – stood out for its high marks on media coverage of VMMC. Kenya stakeholders reported that early and ongoing engagement of the local media contributed to the public’s understanding of VMMC and their success in the scale-up of VMMC.