NN’s Mae Azango Features in The Guardian

One big reason why Buzzfeed might never win a Pulitzer prize. The NSA revelations, and Africa’s courageous reporters, make it clear that the toughest journalism won’t work as a list or a gallery. By Peter Preston  Sunday 20 April 2014 Editor Alan Rusbridger addresses staff in the newsroom after the Guardian won a Pulitzer prize for…

New Narratives Reporters Profiled in Valerie Magazine

After the War, Liberian Women Fight for a New Future MONROVIA, Liberia—As a feminist and reporter based in West Africa, I was drawn to Liberia by the promise of women, who played a significant role in rebuilding a nation left shattered by 14 years of civil war. The international face of the West African country…

NN’s Tecee Boley Wins Prestigious Scholarship to South African University

New Narratives is immensely proud that our fellow and Senior Reporter for Front Page Africa Tecee Boley has won the 2014 Konrad-Adnauer-Stiftung scholarship to the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tecee was one of three journalists chosen from across Africa for the prestigious program. Tecee was one of the first reporters to…

NN’s Mae Azango’s Brave Reporting Features on Chime for Change

When Mae Azango wrote her cover story on the health effects of female genital cutting in Liberia’s major newspaper, FrontPage Africa on International Women’s Day in March 2012 she had little idea of the firestorm she would ignite. Within days Mae and her 9-year-old daughter were in hiding – the targets of death threats from…

NN’s Robtel Pailey on High Level Panel at Ibrahim Forum

NN’s Robtel Pailey joined a panel on Safety & Rule of Law with some of Africa’s heavyweights, as part of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Forum, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Panelists included: Dr. Salid Ahmed Salim, former chair of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU); Trevor Manuel, minister in the South African cabinet; Jean Ping,…

NN’s Robtel Pailey launches “Gbagba” in London, moderated by NN head Prue Clarke

Please join us as NN opinion writer Robtel Pailey launches her children’s book “Gbagba” (with illustrations by NN’s Chase Walker) at the School of Oriental and African studies in London tonight. The event will be moderated by NN Executive Director Prue Clarke. Date: 9 December 2013Time: 5:30 PM Finishes: 9 December 2013Time: 7:00 PM Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: 4429 Type…

NN Executive Director Shortlisted for Australian Social Innovation Award

New Narratives is delighted our Co-founder and Executive Director Prue Clarke has been shortlisted for the Advance Global Australian Social Innovation award recognizing her work with us. The Awards celebrate Australians and alumni from Australian universities living overseas who exhibit remarkable talent, exceptional vision and ambition. Prue was born in Australia and started her journalism…

FreeRodney.org Site Launched with Petition Demanding Editor’s Release

Supporters of FrontPage Africa editor-in-chief Rodney Sieh have launched a website demanding his immediate release. Please find a petition on the site. FrontPage Africa is New Narratives’ major partner in Liberia and has worked with us on a range of important stories that have forced action in Liberia and garnered attention around the world. Sieh…

Jailed for Journalism: FrontPage Africa Editor in The New York Times

MONROVIA, Liberia — IT’S not uncommon in African countries like Zimbabwe and Ethiopia for newspapers to be shut, and their editors jailed. But the newspaper I edit doesn’t operate in a dictatorship. We are in Liberia, the West’s poster child for postwar democracy building. Our president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is a Nobel laureate who is celebrated by…

NN’s Robtel Pailey named to Top 99 Foreign Policy Professionals Under 33

WASHINGTON, DC:  The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy are pleased to announce that Robtel Pailey, Opinion Columnist with New Narratives, has been recognized on the 2013 “99 Under 33,” an international list noting the most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. The complete list is available at: www.diplomaticourier.com/99Under33. See…

In Liberia, silencing press critics through libel lawsuits

From NN executive: We are reposting this article from July 2011 in light of the Liberian Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the $1.5m libel verdict against FrontPage Africa. During Liberia’s 14-year civil war, the press was silenced through violence. Journalists now say they are the victims of a more subtle assault. They say a…

NN’s Wade Williams Wins Journalist of the Year

New Narratives fellow and FrontPage Africa newsroom chief Wade Williams has been awarded the prestigious Journalist of the Year award at Liberia’s annual media awards. Wade is only the second woman to win the award. The UN’s Eva Flomo won the award in 2011. Wade has been with the New Narratives program since January 2011….

NN’s Wade Williams at UN luncheon in New York City featuring Jeffrey Sachs

NN’s Wade Williams of FrontPage Africa speaks at a UN luncheon in New York City featuring Jeffrey Sachs during her Dag Hammarskjold fellowship. Hear speech here.  From Dag Hammarskjold Fund for Journalists release: 2012 Annual Luncheon JEFFREY SACHS HONORED BY U.N. JOURNALISTS The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists honored Dr. Jeffrey Sachs with their Inspiration…

NN Reporting Prompts Govt to Announce Elimination of Female Genital Cutting Day

In the wake of the international uproar prompted by death threats against NN Country Manager Mae Azango, the Liberian government has taken the unprecedented step of announcing February 6 will be “Intensifying Efforts for Elimination of Female Genital Cutting” Day. Before the breakthrough reporting by Azango in FrontPage Africa and NN fellow Tetee Gebro for…

“My Ink Is Too Important for Politicians,” NN’s Mae Azango tells Nobel Laureates

NN’s Country Manager Mae Azango told visiting Nobel Laureates in Liberia this week that she writes about ordinary Liberians because politicians will just get fatter on her words. “I want to spend my ink on ordinary people,” Mae Azango told the Nobel Women’s Initiative “Women Forging Peace” Delegation in Liberia this week. See the Initiative’s spotlight on…

NN’s Robtel Pailey and Chase Walker Release Children’s Book on Corruption

Robtel Pailey, opinion columnist for NN and FrontPage Africa, has teamed up with NN’s photographer and FrontPage graphic designer Chase Walker, to produce a groundbreaking book designed to teach children about corruption. “Gbagba” is the story of Sundaymah and Sundaygar, two siblings who live in Grand Bassa County in Liberia. On the way to visit their…

NN’s Mae Azango Awarded CPJ Press Freedom Award in New York

New York – FrontPage Africa’s Mae Azango was awarded the Committee to Protect Journalists’ prestigious Press Freedom Award at a glittering ceremony in New York Tuesday night. The ceremony was attended by America’s media elite including the New Yorker’s David Remnick and CPJ board member Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post. Azango was one of…

Letter of Support from an Appreciative Reader

Letter from Liberian reader, Flomo Freeman to New Narratives: Today is a very all important one to extend thanks and appreciations to staff and team members at New Narratives media institution. You all are doing an amazing and sacrificial job that many people would otherwise do in a society where many parts remain inaccessible and…