• Houda Malloum, Creating Radio for Refugee Women from Darfur

    Houda Malloum in the studio
    Monday, February 12, 2007

    When Houda Mahamat Malloum first applied to work as a journalist in her native Chad, she was turned down because of her gender. But she persisted, and became the only female member of a small group of journalists-in-training at the Internews office in Abéché, eastern Chad.

    There, Malloum learned reporting skills and digital sound editing. Now she is a full-time host, reporter and producer at La Voix du Ouaddaï, a community radio station set up by Internews in Abéché to serve refugees from Darfur as well as local Chadians.

  • Sara Farid — Reaching Women through Radio

    Tuesday, January 2, 2007

    When Sara Farid started working with Internews on the women’s radio program, Meri Awaz Suno (“Hear My Voice”) in August 2003, she hadn’t had any experience working with radio. Now she says she has "a great passion for radio." She joined the team as a reporter/producer, then worked her way up to senior producer and then to executive producer of Meri Awaz Suno.

    In 2005, Farid participated in a six-day Internews training program on reporting about HIV/AIDS. Following the course, she made a documentary focusing on the life of Shukria Gul, a woman from Lahore who is living with HIV and working to educate others about AIDS.

  • Rosemary Ejirika's Radio Clinic

    Wednesday, December 20, 2006

    Rosemary Ejirika, a Nigerian talk show producer, is responsible for two weekly radio programs, one covering general health issues and one covering HIV/AIDS, for the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. FRCN is the only radio station that is broadcast nationally, with at least 40 million listeners.

  • Jacki Lyden's Afghan Diary

    Image for Jacki Lyden's Afghan Diary
    Wednesday, October 25, 2006

    Last summer, a young colleague and I created a national radio diary project for the NGO Internews, which promotes independent media in developing countries.

    Our project is called “My Life is Afghanistan,” a sort of spin-off of the audio diary concept heard on “This American Life,” distributed by Public Radio International. This has never been done in Afghanistan before.

  • Omololu Falobi, Nigerian Journalist/HIV-AIDS Activist, 1971-2006

    Wednesday, October 11, 2006

    “All of us have to choose to respond to the challenges of our own times. For me the challenge is HIV/AIDS.” — Omololu Falobi

    Nigerian journalist/activist Omololu Falobi was a one of a kind.  In 1998, as a response to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in his country, he formed a coalition of journalists in Nigeria into an advocacy and communications NGO called Journalists Against AIDS in Nigeria (JAAIDS). 

  • A Courageous Journalist Tackles Corruption in Cambodia

    Monday, August 28, 2006

    Sam Bunnath is a 54 year-old Cambodian journalist. As a long-time resident of Battambang, the largest province in Cambodia, Sam began hearing complaints from friends who had tried, unsuccessfully, to secure full-time government teaching jobs. Sam began to ask more questions and the story he eventually uncovered revealed that contract teachers were being solicited by provincial education officials for “handler’s fees” under the false promise of later receiving permanent government-paid teaching positions.

  • Providing Vital News After Indonesia's Earthquake

    Tuesday, August 15, 2006

    For many earthquake victims in Yogyakarta on the populous Indonesian island of Java, the voice of radio presenter Ayank Lubis over the airwaves marks the start of a new day.

    “Good morning Yogya. This is Radio Punokawan, your friend when you’re sad and happy," says Ayank in her signature greeting each morning at seven sharp when she introduces her Suara Warga (Voice of the People) program.

  • Ann Mikia Changing Kenyan Attitudes about HIV/AIDS One Radio Show at a Time

    Tuesday, May 9, 2006

    After she broadcast her first program about teachers affected by HIV/AIDS, Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation producer Ann Mikia, said, “I was really glad to have done a radio program with HIV positive teachers, because through reaching them I felt the show reached a greater part of society - as all of us pass through the hands of teachers.”

  • Reaching Across Borders in the Southern Caucasus

    Friday, February 17, 2006

    Irakli Miqiashvili is a 16 year old who is part of the team of “Kids’ Crossroads,” a teen-produced cross-border television program in the Caucasus that covers topics ranging from conflict resolution and prevention to social inclusion and health issues.

    After participating in a 3-week journalism workshop conducted by Internews Georgia at the Summer Television Camp, 16 year old Irakli Miqiashvili discovered that journalism was exactly what he wanted to do. He was selected, along with five others, for the working team of “Kids’ Crossroads” called “Chveni Exspresi” (Our Express) in Georgia.