• Groundbreaking Multimedia Information Service to help Syrians Access Humanitarian Aid

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Internews is partnering with the global humanitarian agency the International Rescue Committee on a new project – Tawasul, or تواصل, which will address the widely reported problem of Syrians struggling to access readily available information about how to find help and humanitarian assistance.

    The Tawasul project, which translates as “Connection,” also aims to provide reliable and actionable information to counter the current climate of rumors, misinformation and propaganda that exacerbates vulnerability.

  • We need you now.

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Like many of you, I watched the news from the Philippines over the weekend with great distress as a terrible disaster unfolded. In the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, information is scarce. Confusion and desperation are evident amongst the survivors interviewed just in the Tacloban area.

    One woman told a reporter, “I survived the storm but now I wonder if I can survive this….”

  • Internews Assesses Information Needs in Post-Haiyan Philippines

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    With electricity, media, and mobile networks knocked out in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, information is scarce for aid agencies and those in desperate need of aid – making it difficult to understand the full scale of needs.

    Internews’ Rapid Response Unit has deployed a Humanitarian Media team to the Philippines. The team is conducting a fast assessment of the media and communications environment to see what can be done to help restore capacity in the media sector and support information flows to people affected by the disaster. Learn more, and support the effort.

  • Radio is ‘dead’, but alive and kicking in South Sudan

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    (This article from Moon of the South covers a media survey of South Sudan, commissioned by Internews.)

    Critics of radio might continue to argue that the medium is ‘dead and buried’, but recent research seems to prove otherwise.

    The latest survey commissioned by Internews has just found that radio remains the most accessible source of information in South Sudan.

  • The key role of mainstream media in disaster management

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    (Internews' report on the role of radio during the 2011 Japan earthquake response is cited in this article from the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    Ever since the Haiti earthquake in 2010, social media has become an essential tool for managing emergencies as the combined power of social networks, mobile phones and mapping technology provides citizens with an unprecedented opportunity to seek help in a disaster.

  • Praise for Accurate Stories on Male Circumcision

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    The Internews program in Kenya that focuses on training journalists about the science behind Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) has been named as an example of best practice in creating demand for the high-impact HIV prevention procedure. Internews was cited by the BBC Media Action’s online portal (backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) for training journalists how to accurately and fairly cover VMMC.  

  • Internews Journalism Trainees among the Best in Africa

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    Broadcast journalists Roseline Wangui of NTV and her colleague Wambui Kurema won the Television Features Award at the 2013 CNN MultiChoice Awards in Africa with their unique story of the northern Kenyan practice of temporary marriage, known as “beading” forced on young Samburu girls between the ages of nine and fourteen. Roseline said that the production and airing of the feature had enormous impact as it helped sensitize the community on the issues of this outdated tradition of sexual enslavement and encouraged parents instead to send their young daughters to school.