Iraq

Internews' Covering Energy project in Iraq nurtured a group of energy reporters, who gained a solid skill set amid market demand for their expertise. Through workshops, lectures, field trips and regular evaluations of their work, the journalists published close to 300 news stories about Iraq's extraction industry. The mentorship culminated in 2013 in a national competition for the best in-depth oil story. The winner's story was picked up and published by CNN Arabic.

Internews' Iraq Media Junction project (2011-2013) worked to strengthen investigative journalism and social reporting in Iraq. Internews worked with local news agency Aswat al-Iraq to improve reporting on issues such as health, poverty and the position of women in Iraqi society.

In the latter half of 2013 and thru the end of 2014, Internews has been working with 120 Iraqi civil society organizations (CSOs) who need to develop their skills communicating their issues to the Iraqi media and to their various stakeholders. This involves workshops, mentorships, and ultimately will be about developing a one-on-one partnership between 20 Iraqi journalists and 20 CSOs. The CSOs are taught how to pitch and broadcast stories using a variety of tools. 

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  • Iraq's Displaced People Need Information, Not Only Food, Water and Shelter, says Report

    Women with a group of children in a shelter
    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    (Erbil, Iraq, 17 September 2014) - A new report released today by a consortium of UN agencies, NGOs and media development organisations highlights the importance of access to information for Iraqi communities and their ability to cope with the current humanitarian crisis.  

    "Communicating with, and providing information to, people affected by the crisis are two of the most important elements of humanitarian response," Kevin Kennedy, Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, said.

  • Iraq's Displaced People Need Information, Not Only Food, Water and Shelter, says Report

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    A new report released by a consortium of UN agencies and NGOs, including Internews, highlights the importance of access to information for Iraqi communities and their ability to cope with the current humanitarian crisis.  

    According to the United Nations, 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced across the country due to the violent advances of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In addition, there are 216,000 registered Syrian refugees in Iraq.

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