Project Updates

  • Listening Post in New Orleans Encourages Citizen Participation

    Monday, February 10, 2014

    Since August 2013, the citizens of New Orleans have had a new way to get their voices heard about important issues in their neighborhoods through a project called the Listening Post.

    The project facilitates a two-way conversation with residents – people can both contribute thoughts and commentary about issues in their neighborhoods, and also receive news and information in convenient and accessible ways.

    Watch a video to see how it works.

  • Radio Bakdaw in the Philippines – Providing a Voice for the Local Community

    Friday, February 7, 2014

    “It was really very difficult. We wanted to reach out to our families after the storm. But we had no way of contacting them,” said Dianne Ecleo, a resident of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Residents in this region of the Philippines were left without any means of communication after Typhoon Haiyan hit in November 2013.

    With local DJs and technicians, Internews launched Radio Bakdaw ("Rise" in the local language) to provide much-needed news and information, as well as a way for residents to get their voices heard.

  • "Somali Voices" Provides an Opportunity for Debate and Dialogue

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

    In partnership with Star FM, a Nairobi-based Somali language radio station, Internews has established three community radio stations in Mogadishu, Gurieel and Dhusamareb. The radio stations provide independent information and provide an opportunity for debate and dialogue in a country that is emerging from 20-plus years of conflict.

    Somali Voices, one of the most popular programs broadcast on the stations, gives voice to different groups including local government, civil society organizations, youth, and IDPs, and also provides music and cultural programming.

  • Environmental Journalism Organizations Work on Innovative Reporting Projects, Supported by Grants from Internews’ Earth Journalism Network

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) has selected the five latest winners of its annual small grants program. The five recipients – which this year hail from Paraguay, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Mongolia, and Pakistan – comprise partners both old and new, and will contribute to existing EJN projects while expanding the network’s global presence through the development of regional networks of their own.

    The five selected programs are as follows:

  • Youth in Egypt Strive to Clean up Their Environment

    Garbage strewn outside the school building
    Friday, January 31, 2014

    Cleaning up the Garbage

    El Serra El Hasnaa Middle School for Girls in the governorate of Giza in Upper Egypt had been dealing with unsanitary conditions for several years. Residents and fish vendors had been dumping garbage in front of the school, which caused an unhealthy environment. The fish vendors wash the fish and dispose the waste along with the accumulating garbage.

    The stench and garbage attracted flies all around the school. To make things worse, garbage workers would pile up waste near the school that had been collected from other areas.

  • New Home Show on Radyo Bakdaw Helps Typhoon Haiyan Affected Communities Recover

    Rica in the radio studio
    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    “I think we’re making good radio today,” Radyo Bakdaw presenter Rica Abueva says with a smile in between reading text messages from listeners.

    On the morning of January 29, Radyo Bakdaw had its first broadcast of “Maupay nga Pruy-anan” (A Good House). The new show focuses on everything to do with the home, from waste disposal to a segment on rebuilding better homes with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

  • Kenyan Journalists to Document Impact of 30 Years of HIV During National Geographic Photo Camp

    Monday, January 27, 2014

    A group of Kenyan storytellers will have the opportunity to document health-related issues during National Geographic Photo Camp Kenya, Feb. 10-15, 2014. The camp is conducted in partnership with Internews, and the group will be mentored by National Geographic contributing photographers Lynn Johnson, Amy Toensing and Matt Moyer.

    The project is part of Internews’ comprehensive four-year Health Media Project, which has been designed to develop a sustained media response to major public health issues in Kenya.  

  • Safeguarding of press freedom in Syria a must

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    As the Syria peace conference opens in Geneva, international media assistance NGOs call on the stakeholders of the conflict and conference participants to ensure that steps are taken to safeguard media freedom in Syria and to include the development of a free and independent media sector in Syria as an important element of political settlement to the conflict. Read the full statement here.

  • When Words Were Weapons

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    When violence broke out in the final days of 2007 after a bitterly contested election in Kenya, Internews responded within days, working with journalists who were trying and failing to make sense of the unprecedented post-election conflict that swept across their country.

  • Radio Continues as a Stable Information Source Amid Uncertainty in South Sudan

    Donald Booth being interviewed by journalists
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

    Local journalists in South Sudan, amid hope for negotiated peace and fear of ongoing conflict, have rallied to provide daily coverage that addresses both the major national issues and the impact of the conflict on their local communities.

    “In such an unstable and rapidly changing situation, I cannot overstate the value that these radio stations have for their communities. Calm, fact-based information is critical,” said Deborah Ensor, Internews Chief of Party in South Sudan. “The work of our South Sudanese colleagues in providing this service is extraordinary.”