NN’s Wade Williams on Liberia’s Entrepreneur Women

  MONROVIA, Liberia — On the outskirts of this capital city, Martha Partor runs what passes for a food processing business in this war-weary west African nation. It’s not high tech or big business. She packages local agricultural items such as pepper sauce, cassava leaf flour and potato greens powder in vacuum bags that are…

NN’s Tecee Boley Selected for State Department Reporting Tour of US

New Narratives fellow Tecee Boley has been selected for a 10 day reporting tour of the United States looking at “Youth in Politics” in the lead up to the American election. Tecee was chosen by the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Press Center for the tour that will take her to Washington on June 10…

NN’s Prue Clarke in The Guardian on How Donors Limit Impact by Not Funding Media

Mae Azango is one courageous reporter. But she is also a potent weapon in the fight for human rights. Azango’s reporting on female genital cutting (FGC) in her native Liberia brought death threats and sent her and her nine-year-old daughter into hiding. Three weeks later, the Liberian government, having never dared speak publicly about the traditional practice, had taken steps to…

NN’s Wade Williams Wins Prestigious Dag Hammerskjold Fellowship

NN is madly proud of our reporter Wade Williams of FrontPage Africa newspaper for becoming one of four journalists chosen for the 2012 Dag Hammerskjold fellowship. Wade will spend three months in New York learning about the United Nations and covering the 2012 General Assembly. This fellowship follows Wade’s recent double victory at Liberia’s national…

NN’s Mae Azango guest speaker at conference in New York on Saturday

NN’s Mae Azango will be guest speaker at the Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation conference in New York City on June 16. The event will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street New York, NY Among the awardees at the awards event in the evening will be women’s rights…

Liberia’s Water Woes: Why Clean, Safe Water Is Still Out of Reach for Many Liberians

Monrovia: “Water! Water!” Eugene Seoh shouted from his three-story apartment building on Benson Street, a main avenue in the center of Monrovia. From across the road, water vendor Jerry Worlogar looked up and nodded.  Seoh hurried down the stairs.  He stood before Worlogar’s hand-drawn cart full of white five-gallon containers. “Thirty-five \[Liberian] dollars for one…

NN Executive Director Prue Clarke to appear at Deutsche Welle 2012 Global Media Forum

New Narratives’ Executive Director Prue Clarke will present at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn on June 25-27. Prue will join a panel entitled Gender in Journalism and Media Training with experts from Tunisia, Ethiopia, Germany and the USA. Please see more on the conference here and see a video about the conference here.  …

Charles Taylor’s Verdict Proves What Goes Up Must Come Down

 by New Narratives Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey I was in The Hague on April 26 when they convicted Charles Taylor. Appearing like a child being publicly scolded, he stood on seemingly wobbly legs, head bowed, when they pronounced him guilty on 11 counts of crimes against humanity for aiding and abetting rebels during Sierra Leone’s…

NN’s Mae Azango in Foreign Policy magazine

Labor Pains In the midst of a civil war, becoming a mother was its own battle. Melinda Gates has me thinking about the time I became a mother. When the Gates Foundation co-chair recently said that improving family planning for the global poor is her new personal mission — and that she is making it a top…

NN Reporters Win 4 National Reporting Awards, Most Ever for Women

New Narratives fellows won 4 awards and were finalists for most categories in Liberia’s annual national media awards presented by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL). Tetee Gebro of NN partner Sky FM won best business story of the year for her piece on the impact of the rise of food prices in the country. She…

NN’s Tecee Boley and Joanna Devane on Liberian Reaction to Taylor Verdict for Global Post

Charles Taylor guilty: Liberians have mixed reactions In Monrovia, some Liberians denounce Taylor’s conviction, others welcome it. By Joanna Devane and Tecee Boley April 26, 2012 12:48 In Freetown, Sierra Leone, Mohamed Traore, one of the amputees of the civil war, welcomes the conviction on war crimes of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Taylor was…