• New Forum in Bhutan Supports Journalists Covering the Environment

    A group of journalists look out over a river
    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    A group of journalists in Bhutan, the Himalayan Kingdom perhaps best known for its pursuit of Gross National Happiness, have joined together to create a local network of reporters committed to covering environmental issues.

    Working with the financial and technical support of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and The Third Pole, the Bhutan Forum of Environmental Journalists was launched in October during a three-day workshop organized under the patronage of the Bhutan Media Foundation.

  • Journalists Help Bring Reforms to a Changing Burma

    two monks look at photos displayed on a wall
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    A historic Internews-sponsored journalism expedition on the Irrawaddy River is being credited with helping to turn the government against supporting construction of a controversial dam.

    Internews’ Earth Journalism Network supported an eight-day trip by a group of 26 journalists, writers, photographers and documentary film-makers on the Irrawaddy River north of Mandalay in 2009. The participants traveled along the river to Bamaw and back, visited local communities, engaged in on-board roundtable discussions with expert speakers, and produced plenty of stories for their home media organizations.

  • Fisheries in Focus in Asia and Europe

    A group of journalists interview a fisherman
    Friday, November 16, 2012

    With overfishing a major problem around the world, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) in recent months has carried out a series of activities in both Asia and Europe to work with journalists on improving their coverage of sustainable fisheries issues and ocean health.

  • Harnessing media potential in the fight against climate change

    Harnessing media potential in the fight against climate change
    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    I have found that activists, advocates and even policy-makers complain that the mass media ignores ‘their issue’. The general charge is the media’s lack of commitment to social issues and its focus on sensational and juicy stories.  What people often ignore is that the media, just like any other industry, follows its constituencies, and hence reports what it deems appropriate for its market. The media follows stories that are considered newsworthy and interesting for its readers. Issues that are deemed newsworthy have a much better chance of being picked up.

  • Red Alert on the Green Beat

    Red Alert on the Green Beat
    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    In 2007, Cherelle Jackson started publishing a three-part series of investigative reports that examined plans to develop tourism on an uninhabited island in her home country of Samoa.

  • Indonesian Journalists Report on the Value of Wetlands

    Journalists listen to a US Scientist at a river
    Monday, April 18, 2011

    Participant Untung Widyanto, a science and technology editor for Tempo, the nation’s leading magazine, and Koran Tempo, a daily, said one of the greatest challenges for Indonesian journalists is how to simplify explanations about REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and other aspects of measuring and verifying carbon storage and release.

    Musa Abuban, a reporter for Jubi online, in Jayapura, Papua, said he would write stories about the successful restoration and community policing efforts to inspire residents of his own community. Many Papua residents cut down mangroves for firewood, he said.