Six Liberian News Media Chosen for Investigative Journalism and Digital Revenue Program

New Narratives is pleased to announce six Liberian news organizations that have been chosen to take part in our 3-year program to build the capacity of leading newsrooms to fund and do investigative journalism. The program is funded by the Swedish Embassy in Liberia.

Our selection committee has chosen:

  • Front Page Africa
  • The Daily Observer
  • News Public Trust
  • Okay FM
  • Prime Communications
  • Radio Gbargna

New Narratives congratulates the six winners.

“New Narratives has had the privilege of working with these six news organizations over many years and they represent the best of Liberian journalism,” said Prue Clarke, New Narratives co-founder and Executive Director. “They have proven themselves willing to stand up to intimidation by people who are doing wrong and to tell the stories of every day Liberians who are struggling with the myriad challenges that come with poverty and climate change. We are grateful to the Swedish Embassy for giving us the chance to help these organizations build their capacity and finances to do the journalism that is fundamental to an informed public and accountable governance.”

News organizations were chosen for their demonstrated commitment to in-depth, independent journalism that informs the Liberian public and keeps leaders accountable. They were also chosen for their potential to develop online investigative tools and digital products that can monetize online audiences to fund journalism.

New Narratives also thanks the selection committee of Brenda Brewer Moore, CEO of Keep Education; Silas Siakor, Environmental activist; Tecee Boley, senior journalist and press officer for the European Mission in Liberia, and Prue Clarke, Executive Director of New Narratives.

Newsrooms will receive: 1. training in digital revenue opportunities and digital product development 2. time with a developer to work on a product 3. Training and mentoring in journalism and revenue generation grant opportunities and applications.

The organizations will also be invited to select one to two journalists to become New Narratives “fellows”. Fellows will be eligible to: 1. Apply for 30 investigative journalism grants each year 2. Security and risk awareness training from international experts 3. Training and mentoring in investigative journalism and Solutions Journalism techniques from international trainers 4. Training in trauma sensitive reporting 5. Access to prepublication legal advice from Liberian media law experts 6. One of two annual fellowships to attend the African Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg 7. Opportunities to cover trials of accused war criminals in Europe and the United States.