From the Arab Spring to Afghanistan, the media takes center stage in Citizens Rising: Independent Journalism and the Spread of Democracy, a new book reflecting decades of experience at the frontlines of social change, from the perspective of independent journalists and activists working to revolutionize information. This is the first book to recount the story of the media activists who helped transform contemporary history with consequences that will continue to reverberate into our future.
Against a backdrop of tightening government restrictions on freedom of expression across the Middle East and North Africa, Internews recently held a series of four intensive workshops on Internet policy and digital safety. The two-day workshops served some 100 journalists, bloggers, netizens and members of civil society groups in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Tunisia.
“Data-driven journalism is opening windows onto previously dark corners and giving people the information they need to understand and take action on the issues they care about. If journalism is to remain relevant and viable, its practitioners would do well to explore and expand the use of new data technologies while keeping this fundamental goal in mind.”
To celebrate Internews’ 30th anniversary in May of last year, we launched InternewsNext, an initiative to highlight 30 innovative media projects around the world that are led by journalists, bloggers, and developers ages 30 and under.
Today, May 3, we mark the twentieth annual World Press Freedom Day, a time to review the state of press freedom around the globe and honor the journalists who have died doing their jobs. We also note that the challenges media workers face have evolved considerably since this day was established two decades ago.
Increased participation by women in the media can lead to improvements in healthcare awareness, prevention of sexual- and gender-based violence, and an increase in job skills and civil society engagement. On International Women’s Day 2013, Internews honors women in media around the world who work tirelessly and sometimes risk their lives to inform their local communities.
Internews' Earth Journalism Network (EJN) creates a strong foundation for environmental journalism around the world by training local journalists, establishing journalism networks and facilitating partnerships. These goals were boosted recently with a major new partnership between EJN and the University of California at Berkeley to train environmental journalists. With evolving change in Burma, the effects of working with local journalists to report on environmental concerns became evident.
In times of crisis, it helps people find food, water, shelter − the things they need to stay alive. It connects individuals and communities ... fosters political stability ... stimulates economic growth ... and strengthens civil society.