• ‘Data journalism is not a lone wolf sport’

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    (Eva Constantaras, Data Journalism Adviser for Internews, is profiled in this article from Media.am.)

    « If you don’t have a human face to your story, no matter how interesting or how compelling your data is, people want to read about other people’s human stories. »

    Eva Constantaras is an American investigative data journalist who has participated in various international projects aimed at transparent governance and the fight against corruption.

  • TV Program Draws Widespread Attention to Traffic Safety in Armenia

    Screenshot of overturned truck
    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Every year there are more than 40,000 traffic accidents in Armenia, a disproportionately high number for such a small country. The Achilles Center for Protection of Drivers’ Rights, an NGO based in the capital city of Yerevan, has been working with a local production company (Art Site) to create a TV program that educates drivers about the causes and consequences of traffic accidents through computer-assisted visualization and analysis of real accidents.

    Internews sponsored production of the program with a grant to Achilles.

  • Mobile Media Museum in Armenia Chronicles Reporting on a Devastating Earthquake

    Students crowd around a touch screen display
    Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    Media coverage of the 1988 Spitak earthquake that killed more than 25,000 people in northern Armenia and left more than half a million homeless is the subject of the first exhibition of the Mobile Media Museum (Lratun, or “NewsHouse” in Armenian), which opened at the Still Art Gallery in Gyumri, Armenia in September.

  • Media Literacy Course Will Reach Public Schools across Armenia

    2 girls work at their desks
    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    The media literacy curriculum created by Internews’ local Armenian partner, the Media Initiatives Center (MIC), was officially approved by the Armenian Ministry of Education for use in public schools across the country beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. This represents a major accomplishment for MIC, which has been working on the curriculum for more than a year.

    The ten-lesson course teaches students how to evaluate messages they see in the media with a critical eye and introduces them to the basics of media production in a variety of formats, from print and online to TV and radio.

  • In Armenia, Public Art Draws Attention to Social Issues

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    In Armenia, Internews has been supporting a variety of public art projects focused on drawing public attention to social and political issues. Public art can serve as an important way to voice alternative viewpoints and raise public awareness when a country's media is strictly controlled or censored.

  • Using Public Art to Promote Social Change in Armenia

    Children paint a wall.
    Monday, December 3, 2012

    Public art with a social agenda is something fairly new in Armenia. Young artist and activist Lea Mkhitaryan recently founded the Eiva Arts Foundation to promote development of social consciousness through art. The organization’s People Daily: Art and Media project, funded by a small grant from Internews, aims to raise public awareness of human rights and social issues in Armenia through visual media content (illustrated stories, photo stories, PSAs and other forms of interactive visual arts), street art installations, and participatory public events.

  • Environmental Activists in Armenia Help Save Waterfall from Development

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    The picturesque area surrounding the Chichkhan River in northern Armenia is home to numerous endangered animal and plant species and some of Armenia’s last remaining forests. The country’s largest waterfall, Trchkan, lies on the river and was granted protexted status as a natural landmark in 2008. So when the Armenian government granted a license to a construction company to build a hydroelectric power plant at the top of the waterfall, a vocal group of environmental activists around the country mobilized to save the waterfall and the delicate ecosystem surrounding it.