Internews’ Covering Energy project in Iraq nurtured a group of energy reporters, who gained a solid skill set amid market demand for their expertise. Through workshops, lectures, field trips and regular evaluations of their work, the journalists published close to 300 news stories about Iraq's extraction industry. The mentorship culminated in 2013 in a national competition for the best in-depth oil story. The winner’s story was picked up and published by CNN Arabic.
In the latter half of 2013 and thru the end of 2014, Internews has been working with 120 Iraqi civil society organizations (CSOs) who need to develop their skills communicating their issues to the Iraqi media and to their various stakeholders. This involves workshops, mentorships, and ultimately will be about developing a one-on-one partnership between 20 Iraqi journalists and 20 CSOs. The CSOs are taught how to pitch and broadcast stories using a variety of tools.