• Becoming a journalist in the world's largest refugee camp - the story of Arale

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Through Internews' journalist training program in the Dadaab refugee camp, Mohamed Aden Ali - who goes by the nickname Arale, has learnt technical editing and production skills which have allowed him to serve a key role in the recently opened Star FM studio in the camps. Arale contracted polio as a child, but despite the difficulties this causes in moving around the sandy streets of Dadaab he also contributes regular news pieces to the program as a reporter, bringing much needed information to his community.

    Watch a video profile of Mohamed Aden Ali.

  • From the Field in Afghanistan: A Media Revolution

    From the Field in Afghanistan: A Media Revolution
    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    (Nai, an organization referred to in this USAID post, was founded with support from Internews.)

    Like many people, I remember staying up late on Friday nights to watch Indian movies on TV. The difference was that there was only Afghanistan National Television — the only TV station in my country until about 10 years ago. This was a fully state-run station, without programs for people to freely share their points of view or their thoughts and ideas for better governance. Everyone watched the national station, because there was no other choice. There was no chance for others to establish TV stations, because of the political and security situation.

  • New Book - Citizens Rising: Independent Journalism and the Spread of Democracy

    Cover: Citizens Rising
    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    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.

  • Local Reporting Brings Attention to Women’s Farming in South Sudan

    Journalist interviews a woman farmer in South Sudan
    Monday, September 23, 2013

    When members of the Riau village Women’s Farming Union in South Sudan visited Turalei town to shop in the market in August, a reporter from Mayardit FM wanted to use the opportunity to talk to them about their project.

    The women have formed a 160-member farming collective independently, with no support from either NGOs or the South Sudan government.

    But the women were reluctant to talk about their project, saying tradition dictated that a man should represent them.

  • Media Literacy Course Will Reach Public Schools across Armenia

    2 girls work at their desks
    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    The media literacy curriculum created by Internews’ local Armenian partner, the Media Initiatives Center (MIC), was officially approved by the Armenian Ministry of Education for use in public schools across the country beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. This represents a major accomplishment for MIC, which has been working on the curriculum for more than a year.

    The ten-lesson course teaches students how to evaluate messages they see in the media with a critical eye and introduces them to the basics of media production in a variety of formats, from print and online to TV and radio.

  • Listening to the Citizens of New Orleans

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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

    The project, which is a collaboration between New Orleans radio station WWNO and Internews, seeks to establish a two-way conversation with residents through which people can both contribute thoughts and commentary about issues in their neighborhoods, and also receive news and information in convenient and accessible ways.

  • Kyrgyzstani Multilingual Broadcaster Celebrates One Year of Promoting Harmony

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Yntymak, a multilingual TV and radio station in southern Kyrgyzstan, celebrated its one-year anniversary with a public ceremony and concert on September 5. Yntymak (which means “harmony” or “accord” in both Kyrgyz and Uzbek) was cofounded by Internews and the government of Kyrgyzstan to promote inter-ethnic reconciliation between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks following a spate of ethnic violence in the South in 2010.

    The station broadcasts TV and radio content in Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Russian in Kyrgyzstan’s southern Osh and Jalalabad provinces.