Internews launched Radio Bakdaw (“Rise”) in November, to provide residents of Guiuan and nearby areas with much-needed information. Many of the local reporters and staff working at the radio station are from Radio Natin, the only FM radio station in Guiuan prior to the storm. Radio Natin was completely destroyed by typhoon damage, and all of the local reporters and staff were affected by the storm. Read more »
Back in the Mid-1990’s, John Hecklinger served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), teaching Literature and Linguistics at the University of Bangui,serving on the National Pedagogical Council for English Instruction, and launching a social enterprise that produced an affordable English study guide for secondary school students. Read more »
Through Internews' journalist training program in the Dadaab refugee camp, Mohamed Aden Ali - who goes by the nickname Arale, has learnt technical editing and production skills which have allowed him to serve a key role in the recently opened Star FM studio in the camps. Arale contracted polio as a child, but despite the difficulties this causes in moving around the sandy streets of Dadaab he also contributes regular news pieces to the program as a reporter, bringing much needed information to his community. Read more »
Fatuma Abdi Gedi is a young woman from the Kenyan community of Dadaab - host to the world’s largest refugee camp. She had no previous journalism experience prior to her training with Internews, and is now a reporter and co-presenter on Gargaar, a daily Somali language radio program broadcast daily to the camps and local community.
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 »
(Boni Odinga, TV trainer at Internews Network, wrote this blog post for the Internews in Kenya web site.)
My long walk with the media started at Metro FM after I graduated from Daystar University in the early part of this century. I was the love doctor on the Metro love zone.
But despite building a reasonable following and playing great love ballads which I enjoyed tremendously, there was no hiding that the show was indeed a graveyard shift…I would work until midnight and then fight for space in the then face-me-style KBC vans that dropped all of us home! Read more »
Taghreed Emoor has had a dream since childhood. “I’ve always wanted to be an international sports anchor,” she told Internews in a recent interview. “My entire family is passionate about sport. My brother is even a soccer player on the Palestinian national team!”
The odds were against this young Palestinian woman: competition for radio reporting jobs is fierce, and Gaza has very few female sports anchors. Yet she was determined. Read more »
Limited job opportunities face recent journalism school graduates in Gaza. Three talented young women, however, have found opportunities through Internews trainings, and are finding new outlets for their reporting:
Ghassen Gacem didn’t know what he was getting into when he stumbled upon a Facebook post advertising an investigative journalism training session for youth that would be held near his home in Al Monastir, a city two hours south of Tunis, Tunisia. Held in partnership with local station Radio Monastir, the Internews-sponsored Youth Beat session promised a three-day hands-on training to teach participants how to use investigative journalism to deal with corruption in their communities. Read more »