• Profile: Liu Lican, Environmental Writer

    Liu Lican
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Liu Lican is the Co-founder and Programs Director in the Greenovation Hub, a Chinese grassroots NGO focusing on environmental protection and innovation. He also serves as project coordinator of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and helped develop two reporting toolkits, “Environmental Health and Climate Change” and “Global Trade Reporting: New Trends in Africa-China-Western Countries Economic Integration – Fair Timber Trade as an Example.” His most recent book, “The Sick Villages in a Strong State,” is the first book in Chinese that reveals the so-called “cancer village” problem in China.

  • Profile: Ralph Thomassaint, Haiti

    Ralph Thomassaint stands next to a poster reading "PRIX Philippe Chaffanjon
    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Ralph Thomassaint, a 27 year old Haitian journalist trained by Internews, won the Prix Philippe Chaffanjon for multimedia reporting.  This yearly award, named after a recently deceased Deputy Director of the French Public Broadcasting group Radio France, awards prizes for two reports from the field, one released on a media outlet in France and the other from Haiti. Watch Rhomassaint’s award-winning piece.

  • Mon Mon Myat: Feeding the (Information) Hungry

    Mon Mon Myat
    Sunday, February 23, 2014

    THE 90-YEAR-OLD ART Deco Shwe Hinthar cinema in Bago town appears faded and worn. But for three days, inside its hulking brown walls were brief echoes of a former heyday, as hundreds packed the building for its first-ever human rights film festival.

    "lt was an eye opener," said festival organizer Mon Mon Myat, who toured the festival in the fall of 2013 to fourteen venues around the country. "People are still not getting enough information. There is a real hunger for more, especially in rural areas."

  • Yeni: Back in the Fray

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

    ON A TYPICAL, hectic day in the bare-bones but crowded offices of The Irrawaddy in downtown Rangoon, Yeni is a deceptively quiet presence.

    As head of the Burmese-language section of the news outlet, he has helped steer the former exile organization through a testing transition back into the fray of local media in the country’s commercial capital.

    The competition is fierce, the new media landscape fraught with uncertainty - and he is relishing it all.

  • Naw Noreen: From Refugee to Reporter

    Naw Noreen
    Sunday, February 23, 2014

    IT WAS DIFFICULT to have ambitions while growing up as a stateless ethnic Karen refugee in a camp on the Thailand­ Burma border. Long before refugee resettlement abroad was a possibility and Burma had a quasi-civilian government, Naw Noreen faced a future strewn with barriers.

    Today, she relishes the ever increasing freedoms and opportunities ahead of her as a radio journalist for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB).

    "As a normal person you don't get a chance to talk to many kinds of people. But as reporters, we can talk to anyone, from ordinary people experiencing problems to the president," she said.

  • Myint Kyaw: “We Need to Build a Culture of Ethics”

    Myint Kyaw
    Sunday, February 23, 2014

    TEN YEARS AFTER attending his first basic journalism course with Internews, Myint Kyaw is now himself teaching the topic at a rural community paper start-up that’s just had a ‘baptism of fire’. After refusing to drop a sensitive story after pressure from an upset hospital official, the editorial board instead offered the official the chance to tell her side of the story. So pleased was the official at the fairness of the paper that she ended up joining its board.

  • Peter Aung: “Journalism Gives a Voice to the Voiceless”

    Peter Aung
    Sunday, February 23, 2014

    WHEN PETER AUNG quit hotel work in Rangoon to follow his father into journalism, he figured that, like any other job, reporting required only a few basic skills. 

    An Immersive Learning Experience

    As a junior reporter on the New Era newspaper in Thailand, he picked up tips from colleagues at the exile paper covering Burmese politics and the migrant community, and at short basic journalism courses run by Internews he learned to write snappy leads and present information logically. Still, he wanted more.

  • Ah Mee: “It’s my Dream to have my own Youth Show”

    Ah Mee
    Sunday, February 23, 2014

    IN A LAND OF LIMITED electricity, radio is a lifeline. Millions of Burmese rely on the airwaves for their main source of news, commentary, and insight into events beyond their small and often remote communities.

    Ah Mee, a radio and video reporter and ethnic Lisu from Kachin State, has an acute sense of what it's like to live in territories still steeped in virtual silence.

    "In the whole Kachin State, there are maybe a handful of journalists," she said "It's similar in Shan State. It's just not enough."

  • Radio Bakdaw Reunites Family in Guiuan, Philippines

    Jessa Cabonegro
    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    This story was written by Jessa Cabonegro, a radio presenter at Radyo Bakdaw, a station established in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan to help get information to affected people.

    Two months after the typhoon Yolanda, Diane Tiburcio still hadn't heard from her sister, brother-in-law and their family. Diane is like others from outside the affected areas who are still desperately hunting for their loved ones. Lack of communication is still a widespread problem. Luckily a temporary radio station launched in Guiuan, Eastern Samar brings hope to people like Diane.