Celebrating the Next Generation of Media

Internews marked its 30th anniversary in 2012. We’re looking forward to the next generation of media.


InternewsNext - Inspiring Young Voices

Internews is committed to working with local media to ensure that a community’s diverse voices are represented, including those of its children and youth. Particularly in nascent media cultures and opening political environments, youth voices are essential in helping the community imagine and plan for its future.

In 2012, as part of its InternewsNext anniversary celebration, Internews highlighted 30 youth-led media initiatives in communities around the world, working with journalists, bloggers, developers and others aged 30 or under to develop ideas that address the information needs of their communities. Share your vision for the next 30 years of media with the hashtag #next30media. 

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Thirty Youth Projects

#30: Youth in Pakistan Learn from National Geographic Photographers

young man looks through a cameraSeventeen aspiring photographers, most in their 20s, hailing from varied socio-economic backgrounds and representing the multiple regions of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan took part in an intensive Photo Camp organized by the National Geographic Society and Internews, and sponsored by the US Agency for International Development. (More)

#29: ‘I had almost given up on being a journalist’

Sami BelhagEquipped with a strong desire to learn more about journalism and produce higher quality work, Sami Belhag, a young Tunisian from Ghades, a suburban town outside Tunis, applied to participate in a talk-show training in November 2012 as part of Internews’ Youth Beat project. (More)

#28: Using Public Art to Promote Social Change in Armenia

Lea MkhitaryanPublic 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. (More)

#27: Young Chadian Journalists Work to Keep Radio Stations on the Air

Chadian journalist and young menteeIn a country where information is hard to come by, Internews built three community FM radio stations, providing a valuable service to the Darfuri refugee population and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in camps in eastern Chad. Because of a lack of trained journalists in the country, Internews helped young people who were novices but eager to learn take lead roles at the stations. (More)

#26: Young Chinese Journalists Travel Regionally to Research and Report on Industrial Production

young Chinese journalistsSix Chinese journalists took part in a reporting trip through Thailand and Vietnam, where they had opportunities to meet with and question government, industry, and NGO leaders involved in industrial production, learning about the impacts on health and the environment. (More)

#25: Fresh Approach to Voter Fatigue Turns Zombies Loose in Ukraine

Zombie video clipA video for crowdsourced election monitoring platform ElectUA.org, features zombies roaming the streets of Kyiv. While unsuspecting locals scream upon discovering the walking dead, subtitles explain: “Why are people turning into zombies? Stop the epidemic: follow the elections.” (More)

#24: Student with Disabilities Encourages Afghan Youth to Access Technology, Education

Mohitullah Mujahid“I want to tell young people in this country to work hard and to focus on their education,” says Mujahid. “Young people should work hard, because the future of this country depends on youth.” (More)

#23: Cui Zheng: A Young Reporter in China Covers Environmental Issues

Cui ZhengCui Zheng, 27, is a reporter with Caixin Media, arguably one of the best newsmakers in China. She covers news related to environment, technology, energy, and food safety and publishes instant news and feature stories on caixin.com, and a magazine, Caixin Century Weekly. Prior to her position in Caixin, she worked as a news assistant with The Guardian. (More)

#22: Egyptian Youth Learn About Media, Civic and Social Participation

several youths work on a computer“I used to watch TV [and] radio, but never realized that I can do film or be an announcer,” said Mohamed Ahmed, one of 50 Egyptian students who recently took part in two social media camps designed to expand youth participation in Egyptian media. (More)

#21: Young Storytellers Excel in Kenya

young man works on a laptop computerLike many young journalists, Rawlings Otieno, struggled to compete with seasoned journalists, who mainly report on politics. Then he began to carve out a niche for himself in health journalism. (More)

#20: First Central African Journalism University Grads Join Internews Project

A journalist takes notesThe Department of Journalism at the University of Bangui graduated its first class of professionally trained journalists this month, and celebrated their achievement at an Internews-sponsored ceremony. (More)

#19: New Space for Kenyan Youth to Engage in Health Issues

K-HUG t-shirt“Where's my Seat?” is the title of a video post on the new youth online platform K-HUG (Kenya Health User-Generated Content). The post, by Violet Otindo, explores the government’s push to ensure that public transport vehicles are accessible to persons with disabilities. (More)

#18: Partner Profile: In Malaysia, Youth Use Mapping to Address Religious Understanding

Hindu statuesKota Kita, a youth advocacy organization in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is conducting a series of interactive mapping projects for youth. Young, trained volunteers explore and learn about their communities on foot, noting and logging religious institutions into an online map that highlights the cultural and religious diversity of the area. (More)

#17: Indonesian Youth Tap into Social Media

young man uses his smart phoneWith more than 43 million Facebook accounts and 19 million active Twitter users, Indonesia boasts the second highest number of social media users in Asia. (More)

#16: Yntymak Radio Aims to Reconcile Uzbek and Kyrgyz Communities after Violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan

young woman journalist interviews a woman on the streetYntymak (“Accord” or “Harmony”), a public radio station in the southern city of Osh, employs a staff of 14 young journalists, half Kyrgyz and half Uzbek, and broadcasts news and human interest stories that promote positive images of both communities. (More)

#15: Young Ugandan Journalist Uses Video Advocacy to Fight Injustices

Helen MayelleTwenty-seven year old Helen Fortunate Mayelle is Media and Communication officer at Refugee Law Project based in the war torn northern region of Uganda, where she has found a passion for video advocacy, using it to fight injustices and human rights abuses. (More)

#14: Egyptian Youth Use Multimedia to Engage Citizens

young woman speaks into a micYasmine Amin, a young journalist in Aswan, Egypt, established a public campaign using social media tools to address discrimination against women and tribal power in elections. (More)

#13: Citizen Journalists from Afghanistan, Pakistan and India Connect on “Bridges of Youth”

three participants in the programGrowing out of a Kabul-based master class on peace and citizen journalism, Pul-e-Jawan (Bridges of Youth) has become a platform and ongoing exchange of ideas for young people involved in media in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. (More)

#12: Seminars Encourage Youth in Kyrgyzstan to Mobilize Their Communities for Social Change

young woman is filmed on a Flip camera Through the series of seminars “Youth Ideas in New and Traditional Media,” Internews has been teaching youth in cities and towns throughout Kyrgyzstan to use traditional and online media to help solve local problems. (More)

#11: Youth-Focused Projects Lead the Field at Social Innovation Camp Central Asia 2012

young man works on a laptop computer The second annual Central Asia-wide Social Innovation Camp took place from May 31-June 2 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Fifty young web designers, programmers, bloggers and activists were selected to take part of the event out of 138 applicants from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. (More)

#10: Young Afghan Women Find Self-Expression with Digital Storytelling

young Afghan woman As participants in a Take Back the Tech! training this May in Kabul, several young women found a new opportunity for self-expression through digital storytelling. Through short videos now available online, the women narrated their stories and captured their ideas visually, through drawings and pictures. (More)

#9: Palestinian Youth Speak Out on Haki Shabab

young woman at mic in the studio “It’s a program developed by the youth for the youth dealing with their issues growing up in Palestine, using social media as a way to engage with them,” says Alaa Badarneh, Program Director for Radio Tariq Al Mahaba in Nablus, about the newly re-launched show, Haki Shabab (Youth Talk). (More)

#8: Cross-Border Film Project Gives Turks and Armenians a Glimpse into Each Other's Cultures

2 young people silhouetted against the skyInternews brought together young Turkish and Armenian filmmakers (six from each country) to create twelve short documentaries exploring historical, social, and cultural issues. The films, depicting human stories from both sides of the border, provide a unique window into a world that audiences would otherwise never see. (More)

#7: Website on Minority Issues Helps Twin Brothers Achieve Their Goals

Anes and Enis GolubicAnes and Enis Golubic are 16-year-old twin brothers who live in Hadzici, a suburb of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Anes, an aspiring filmmaker, produced an amateur documentary about his brother, who has cerebral palsy, and the struggles he encounters in daily life. (More)

#6: Citizen Journalist Clubs in West Bank and Gaza Help Young Graduates Build Their Skills

A young woman works on a laptopMore than a year before the Arab Spring, Internews began Citizen Journalist, a project for a group of newly graduated journalists in the West Bank and Gaza. Ten young men and ten young women were trained in multimedia production and the use of blogs and social media in reporting. (More)

#5: Partner Profile: European Youth Press

Two young women look at a video cameraThe European Youth Press (EYP) supports young journalists throughout Europe by connecting them across borders, bringing them together to cover international events and question politicians, and increasing access to diverse sources and points of view. (More)

#4: Young Afghans Rush to Study Media

Young man takes an examJournalists are faced with few opportunities in Afghanistan for increasing their knowledge and technical skills. For the first time in Afghanistan, aspiring journalists, broadcasters and media managers have the opportunity to partake in a highly practical radio, television, print and new media curriculum at the Nai Media Institute’s Diploma in Media. (More)

#3: Partner Profile: iHub

Young man talks on a phoneIn Kenya, young technologists and innovators have created a unique space for collaboration and incubation at iHub, a community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers. (More)

#2: M@trix TV Program Excites Central Asian Youth about Technology and Innovation

Young woman holds an umbrellaM@trix is a youth-oriented TV program focusing on the latest developments in Internet and technology, reported by young journalists and reaching an audience of 13-25-year-olds across Central Asia. (More)

#1: Young Afghan Writers Find Expression through Poetry

Zainab, a young Afghan, holds a book of her poetry.The Afghan Youth Voices Festival, a year-round series of workshops and events supporting youth-driven media in Afghanistan, ran a nationwide poetry competition for hundreds of young poets last year, and the winning poems were published in an anthology, entitled “Voices of Peace.” (More)