Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.
Internews provides communities the resources to produce local news and information with integrity and independence. With global expertise and reach, Internews trains both media professionals and citizen journalists, introduces innovative media solutions, increases coverage of vital issues and helps establish policies needed for open access to information.
Internews programs create platforms for dialogue and enable informed debate, which bring about social and economic progress.
Internews’ commitment to research and evaluation creates effective and sustainable programs, even in the most challenging environments.
Formed in 1982, Internews is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in California. Internews has worked in more than 90 countries, and currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.
- Is Internews a news agency?
No. Internews facilitates the production of radio, television and print reporting in some countries, but the news is produced by local journalists, intended for local communities, and Internews does not seek or exercise editorial control over the work of our partners.
- What is the history of Internews, and what does it do?
Internews was founded in 1982 with the goal of using media to alleviate Cold War tensions between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. Internews’ first major endeavor was organizing “spacebridges” – video conferences linking American and Soviet studio audiences.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, independent TV began to emerge in the former Soviet Union and Internews began its work training media professionals who were producing local radio and television news, and advocating for fair media laws and policies. Gradually, Internews expanded its work fostering independent media and access to information into Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Starting in 2000, Internews also began developing special global programs in topics such as environmental reporting, health journalism and humanitarian media.
- Where does Internews work, and where does it have offices?
Internews has worked in more than 90 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, and has offices in more than 25 countries.
- How does Internews decide where to develop projects?
Internews mostly works in emerging democracies and transitional countries where there is both the need and potential to develop free and independent media. Internews also responds to situations such as climate change, the AIDS epidemic and humanitarian crises that can be addressed by engaging local media. Before proposing to work in a particular region, Internews carries out a detailed on-the-ground assessment to determine media development needs, identify potential local partners, assess the possibilities for funding, staffing, and other resources, and develop a plan of action.
- What is unique about Internews’ approach?
Internews bases its work on the following principles: We have a local focus, believing that news and information created by and for the local community has the biggest impact on people’s day-to-day lives. We understand media as an industry, recognizing that a number of market forces are at play in the media sector. Internews is committed to working with local partners wherever we can, such as journalist associations, professional training institutes, universities and media rights groups. We have a sector-wide approach to media development and information access across any platform, addressing the legal and policy framework, the distribution networks for TV and radio programming and print and online reporting, and the training of journalists and media managers, among other aspects.
- Is Internews doing anything to improve media in the United States?
While our work is primarily international, in 2013, Internews launched the Listening Post, a pilot project in partnership with New Orleans public radio station WWNO, to expand conversation around issues that matter to New Orleans residents. In 1999, Internews was a co-founder of the satellite television channel, Link TV.
- Who leads Internews?
See our Key Staff and Board Directors and Officers.
- What is Internews’ annual budget?
In 2012, Internews had a budget of approximately $56 million
- Where does Internews get its funding?
As an independent, non-profit organization, Internews depends on grants and donations for all its work. Our donors include individuals, foundations, corporate donors, governments, multilateral institutions and a variety of NGOs. See a list of donors.
- As an independent organization, how does Internews handle its government grants?
Initially funded entirely by grants from private foundations and individuals, Internews began receiving government grants in the 1990s, primarily from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and EuropeAid, two of the world’s largest funders of international development. Support from government development agencies greatly expanded Internews’ reach, spreading the power of locally-produced information to hundreds of millions of people around the world.
While we are aware that every funder has their own goals and objectives, in accordance with our value of journalistic integrity, we actively seek support that is aligned with our mission, vision and values and does not compromise our organizational independence or strive to exert control over journalistic content. We do not accept funding from military, police or intelligence agencies.
- How can I support Internews’ work?
We welcome your support. Internews is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and donations are tax- deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donate online.
- What is Internews Europe?
London-based Internews Europe is an independent UK non-profit organization founded in 1995 as a sister organization to Internews. Internews Europe’s activities are based on the conviction that open media are an essential cornerstone of free and open societies.
- What is Internews International?
Established in 1996 and headquartered in Paris, Internews International unites non-profit organizations working for the development of independent, pluralistic and open media worldwide. II is currently made up of 11 full member organizations and 19 affiliated members with offices in 34 countries.
- What is the relationship between Internews International, Internews Europe and Internews?
Internews and Internews Europe are two of the founding members of Internews International.
- Is Internews a news agency?
Internews' US Offices
Internews Administrative Headquarters
PO Box 4448
Arcata, CA 95518 USA
+1 707 826-2030
Internews Washington, DC Office
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036 USA
+ 1 202 833-5740