• Communication is aid, too

    Philippine EnviroNews
    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    A team from the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ), a partner and member of the Internews Earth Journalism Network, visited Internews’ emergency radio station, 92.9 FM Radyo Bakdaw, in the small fishing town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar last December. Here is their report.

  • 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.”

  • Syrian refugees cut off from news, but it’s changing

    Humanosphere - news and analysis of global health and the fight against poverty
    Monday, January 6, 2014

    (Internews' humanitarian information project for Syrian refugees is covered in this article from Humanosphere.)

    Syrian refugees are not getting accurate and timely information that will help them survive. The onset of winter required relief organizations to distribute supplies that will help keep people warm during the cold months. Without a way to communicate plans, the organizations have a hard time doing their work.

  • Competitive Karaoke in a Disaster Zone

    v[]cativ
    Thursday, January 2, 2014

    (Internews' humanitarian radio project in the Philippines is covered in this blog post from vocativ.)

    Karaoke. It’s for drunk Japanese businessmen, drunk students and, well, drunk people, most of them loathsome human beings. It’s certainly not for the audience, because they have ears, and it’s rarely any better when it’s recorded or played back. So is it good for anything? How about disaster relief?

  • Radio Bakdaw Connects Donors with Neighbors in Need

    A man lifts a wheelchair out of a boat
    Thursday, December 26, 2013

    Moving around had become quite a challenge for Loring (Lorena Milagros Abuda), since the typhoon had wrecked her wheelchair. Before, she was working as a mobile phone reloader, but the loss of her wheelchair had kept her bedridden.

    When she heard about the free services offered by Radyo Bakdaw (“Rise”) through her neighbor’s radio, Loring sent a text message to the station.

    After the radio station aired her story, a kind-hearted listener named Sonny Patron decided to contact the radio station.

  • Samar folk refuse to be silent, sing live on radio

    philSTAR.com
    Wednesday, December 25, 2013

    (Internews' humanitarian information project in the Philippines is covered in this article from the Philippine Star.)

    MALOLOS CITY, Philippines – Despite patchy electricity supply and the local radio station still not operating in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda, Christmas will not be silent in the storm-devastated town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

    The non-government organization Internews set up an emergency radio station last Nov. 26 in Guiuan where the monster typhoon made landfall last Nov. 8.

  • Becoming a journalist in the largest refugee camp in the world

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    As the conflict in Syria stretches into a third year, more than two million Syrians, half of them children, have fled into neighboring countries, along with more than four million people who are displaced inside Syria. Most live in information voids − distrusting of media inside and out of Syria, and with very little access to any media at all.

  • “Information is like a light,” says UN's John Ging

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Bill Germinal of Radio Bakdaw in the Philippines, interviewed John Ging, Director of Operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), on December 15, 2013 about the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan.

    Speaking about the information that Radio Bakdaw provides, Ging said, “You’re turning on a light. Information is like a light. It’s taking people out of the dark.”

    Watch an excerpt from the interview: