• 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.

  • 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.

  • Open Mic Nepal

    Cover: Open Mic Nepal
    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    Open Mic Nepal is a project that tracks perception and rumours circulating on the ground among earthquake-affected communities. Information is collected from volunteers and partners who work extensively on the ground, verify the information and present it in these reports to support the work of humanitarian agencies and local media.

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

    Large satellite dish with 3 people standing in front of it.
    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.

  • News That Moves - Mediterranean Rumor Tracker

    Cover: Med Rumor Tracker
    Friday, February 5, 2016

    Med Rumor Tracker is a project that collects all of the rumours among refugees passing through Europe. By identifying misinformation and hearsay and responding to it with relevant, factual information NewsThatMoves aims to keep the refugee population at the forefront of our communication response.

    The Rumor Tracker is a project of Internews, Translators without Borders and Action Aid. 

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  • 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. 

  • Journalist Sprint – Young Sri Lankan Reporters from Different Ethnic Backgrounds Collaborate on Covering Stories

    A group of journalists stand outside a house interviewing a woman who stands in the doorway
    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

    For over 30 years, Sri Lanka suffered through a violent ethnic-based conflict that killed an estimated 90,000 people. Since peace was declared in 2009, the government has attempted to rehabilitate and integrate those who fought with the defeated Tamil separatists. However, continuing suspicions and discrimination present obstacles for Tamils seeking to make a future in their country.