Stories: Media

  • In Pakistan, women are driving the demand for Islamic content in relatable, meme-sized bites

    In bookshops across Pakistan, there is no shortage of religious literature – translations and interpretations of the Quran, books of Hadiths (oral traditions of Prophet Mohammed) and stories of the prophets abound. Book stores stock long, elaborate texts, replete with quotes from scripture and anecdotes from the earliest days of Islam. But over the past few years, a couple of...

  • Mozambique Steps Up to Challenge of Health Information Dissemination

    With more than half of the population illiterate and its people speaking more than 40 local languages, Mozambique faces colossal challenges in disseminating health information to its population. As the country rolls out new national health campaigns, communication experts are becoming savvier about how they reach Mozambicans. Information teams are chosen from the communities to disseminate information about residual spraying....

  • Top Russian Officials Are Starting to Realize That the Country’s Economy Is in Big Trouble

    You wouldn’t know it from the Chanel boutiques and Maserati dealerships lining the boulevards inside Moscow’s Garden Ring, but economic conditions in Russia are becoming dire. The ruble has weakened to record lows not seen since the 1990s, capital is bleeding out of the country for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, and the economy...

  • Press Freedom in Ecuador

    'Diario Hoy', one of Ecuador's most respectable dailies, used to publish a print edition for 32 years. But recently, the daily circulation of the paper was reduced to a weekend edition and online content. While going online is a trend the paper shares with others around the world, reporters in Ecuador say they are facing economic hardship as well as...

  • Press Freedom in Ecuador

    'Diario Hoy', one of Ecuador's most respectable dailies, used to publish a print edition for 32 years. But recently, the daily circulation of the paper was reduced to a weekend edition and online content. While going online is a trend the paper shares with others around the world, reporters in Ecuador say they are facing economic hardship as well as...

  • Hearing (New) Voices

    Sue Schardt wants to mess with your mind. Specifically, she wants to mess with how you think about public media. A public radio veteran, Schardt is the executive director of the Association of Independents in Radio, a network of nearly 1,000 indie producers (disclosure: including me) whose voices keep you company on your commute. Schardt is also the mastermind of...

  • O inferno por testemunha

    Erick Kabendera, 35, jornalista investigativo da Tanzânia, tem sido perseguido após testemunhar contra o maior empresário de comunicações de seu país. O governo ameaça cassar a cidadania de Kabendera, que escreve para os jornais britânicos "The Guardian" e "The Times" e para a Economist Intelligence Unit,...

  • Jornalista sofre pressão na Tanzânia após depor contra magnata das comunicaç&#24

    Eu recebi uma ligação de um amigo em janeiro, dizendo que meus pais tinham sido presos. Meu pai tem 77 anos, e minha mãe, 75. Os policiais os interrogaram por mais de 12 horas. Eles tiveram de ir ao cemitério e provar que nossos antepassados nasceram na Tanzânia. O governo usa isso para nos...

  • Journalism in Zambia: Self-Censorship, Blocked Websites, and Social Media Monitoring

    Brandishing placards asking passing traffic to honk in the name of free press, Zambian bloggers will today take to the streets of Lusaka for the second time in a fortnight to protest against the government’s stifling of freedom of expression on the Internet. Zambia’s reputation as one of the more liberal and democratic countries in Southern...

  • Big Kingdom, Small Window

    During the eight years I organized overseas trips for US news editors at the International Reporting Project, I had a rule of thumb that served me well—if a country has a Ministry of Information, it means trouble. So when, after a two-year effort, the Saudi Royal Court finally granted IRP’s request to bring 12 editors to the...