African Investigative Journalism Conference Fellowships Announced

New Narratives is pleased to announce three reporting fellows who have been chosen to attend the African Investigative Reporting Conference in Johannesburg October 31- November 2. Evelyn Kpadeh Seagbeh, Eric Opa Doue and Tina Mehnpaine will travel to South Africa to represent Liberian newsmedia at the conference, including in a panel on Solutions Journalism with…

New Narratives’ Selection Committee

A group of leading independent activists and journalists will form New Narratives’ selection committee to choose six media houses that will be the recipients of three years support for journalism and business model development under our Excellence in Investigative Journalism Program funded by the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia. The committee members are: Silas Siakor is…

Call for Applications: New Reporting Project on Land Rights and Climate Change

New Narratives, a non-governmental organization that has been driving improvements in Liberia’s media sector for 9 years, is excited to announce a new reporting project, with support from the American Jewish World Service. The project will run a 10-month project that supports Liberian journalists and news organizations to cover issues related to land, water and…

Blogpost Spotlights New Narratives Reporting on Mining

The Regional Resource Governance in West Africa (ReGo) Programme, funded by German Development Cooperation and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, strengthens the investigative skills of 34 local journalists in three countries to report on the impacts of the mining sector and contribute to a well-informed public debate. Reporting on the mining…

NN Writes on our Role in the Ban on Female Genital Cutting

NN’s Mae Azango and Prue Clarke write on the role of good journalism in breaking the taboo around female genital cutting in Liberia that led to its eventual ban for the Columbia Journalism Review.   PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF left office in January with a tremendous, if overdue, parting gift for the girls of Liberia….

New Narratives Reporters Profiled in Forbes Africa

“I like to talk to the common people, I don’t like politics.” Mae Azango sits on the edge of her bed in her old home that is wedged in a rocky enclave between the gray United States embassy and the modern apartments occupied by expatriate workers in Mamba Point, the poshest part of Monrovia, Liberia….

New Narratives Coverage of Warlord Trial Makes International Media

New Narratives reporters covered the trial of Mohammed Jabateh, convicted of immigration fraud in a Philadelphia court in October 2017. Reporters Tetee Gebro, Jackson Kanneh, James Harding Giahyue provided extensive reporting in Liberia and in the court and Liberian community in Philadelphia. Court art was also done by NN visual artist Chase Walker. Please see…

NN editors launch “African Muckraking” at Global Journalism Conference

If you’re going to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg please come and join us for the launch of “African Muckraking: 100 Years of African Investigative Journalism” edited by Anya Schiffrin, Anton Harber and George Lugalambi. The book features groundbreaking work by our Mae Azango, introduced by our Executive Director Prue Clarke and by Liberian journalist legend…

NN’s Prue Clarke and Mae Azango on Sirleaf’s Legacy for Foreign Policy

The Tearing Down of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will leave office in January as one of the most celebrated African leaders of recent memory — outside of Liberia, that is. The first woman elected to lead a government in Africa, she has presided over a period of peace…

New Narratives/Thomson Reuters Begin Two New Reporting Projects

Monrovia – The new year will see two new training and reporting projects kick off for Liberia’s top journalists.  The continuing collaboration between New Narratives Liberia and the Thomson Reuters Foundation will offer journalists the chance to learn about extractives industries and gain ongoing editorial and financial support to report on the mining, forestries, oil…

Call for Applicants for Extractives Reporting Program

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is working with New Narratives, a non-governmental organization that has been driving improvements in Liberia’s media sector for seven years, to run a program that supports Liberian media to cover the country’s extractives industry. Support for the project comes from GIZ. The program has a focus on mining, which is an…

RIP to our dear friend and colleague Prince Collins

We are shocked and saddened at the sudden death of our reporter, leading Liberian journalist Prince Collins. Prince was a presenter with Voice of Firestone radio station and a regular contributor to Voice of America. He was also a proud and loving husband and father. He died today after a short illness. Prince had a long, proud career as…

Liberian students get scholarship U-turn after journalist reports funding collapse

A Liberian journalist taking part in the Foundation’s Wealth of Nations programme has helped force a U-turn after he reported on dozens of students who had had their funding cut by Liberia’s national oil company, NOCAL. NOCAL hit the headlines in June 2015 when it suddenly announced it was close to bankruptcy. The story figured strongly…

CPJ Calls on President Sirleaf to Release NN’s Rodney Sieh

Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President of the Republic of Liberia Executive Mansion Capitol Hill, Monrovia Republic of Liberia Dear President Sirleaf A year ago, you became only the second African head of state to endorse the Declaration of Table Mountain, which calls for the repeal of criminal defamation and “insult” laws throughout Africa. Now,…

New Narratives teams with Thomson Reuters for 3-year Oil Reporting Program

New Narratives is delighted to announce it has partnered with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the corporate charity of Thomson Reuters to run a project that supports Liberian journalists and news organizations to cover the country’s oil industry. The project will run from 2014-16 and will feature training, mentoring and capacity building for Liberian journalists and news organizations….

NN’s Wade Williams Features on World Press Day Forum at UN HQ in New York

New Narratives’ Wade Williams, Newsroom Chief of Front Page Africa, was invited to appear on UNESCO panel celebrating World Press Day at UN headquarters in New York City. See the video of the speech here and news about the event here. The following is Wade’s speech: Good Morning all First of all let me say a big…