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Feb 15, 2018

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Unfortunately as the bad weather conditions continue, the migrants in Ventimiglia continue to suffer and the web radio is sorely needed. With the funding ending at the end of January 2018, the team in Ventimiglia is questioning how they will continue this important project for the migrants.

Even as the temperatures begin to drop, the Yalla Yalla web radio programming continues without delay or interruption. Now more than ever, the voices of the migrants need to be heard and their needs addressed. The team continues to conduct interviews with various migrants to understand their feelings about Europe, the reception system and the borders. Though they received negative news that they will not be able to set up a network in the Red Cross Camp because the Prefecture declined, the team will continue insisting that a network in the camp is necessary and urgent.

To make the content of the programming more engaging, the team would like to add in games during the broadcasts about Italy and the European Union. The games would allow the migrants to learn more about their basic rights and migration laws in the region in a more entertaining fashion.

“Fortunately I can speak to my family, having a Wi-Fi access is essential for us” – said one migrant, “I like a lot when you put Sudanese music.”

The weather conditions in Ventimiglia have begun to worry the team as temperatures can reach freezing during the night and there are around 200 people that temporarily residing under the bridge. The team decided to carry out a survey among the migrants to get feedback on what else they need from the web radio service. The responses from the survey showed that all the migrants camped under the bridge know of the service; the access to internet and to music are the most appreciated services of the web radio; and there is a need for more entertainment on the web radio to keep spirits up in these hard times. Despite external assumptions, the migrants made it clear in these surveys that what they want most right now is community and recreation.

“Please come also tomorrow, we get bored all the day without doing anything,” the migrants expressed.

In honor of all of the incredible work this project has accomplished we wanted to share some of the feedback we received from the migrants. We will also be publishing a final report for this project so stay tuned for that!

“Thank you very much! Every day I am awaiting for you so I can chat with my friends and family!”

“I enjoyed a lot this time with you: finally I can openly share what I think with people who care about my situation”

“I love Yalla Yalla radio, I really like listening to music and get in touch with my people!”

Jan 22, 2018

An Expanded Assessment and Getting to Work

RHIS Infograpic
RHIS Infograpic

Following up on our initial report in August, Internews was able to conduct an expanded and more in-depth Information Ecosystem Assessment of the Rohingya refugee camps and surrounding areas of Cox's Bazar between October and November 2017. The expanded assessment explores information needs and communications channels, as well as trust networks and issues of language and literacy. It is intended as practical resource for assisting the humanitarian response and, ultimately, the affected communities. The full report is attached here, as well as the link if you would like to read it in your browser. 

From the report there were a number of key findings among the affected population surveyed:

  • 77% report they do not have enough information to make decisions for themselves and their family;
  • 62% report they are unable to speak with aid providers;
  • 73% are completely illiterate, in any language;
  • 85% list Rohingya as their primary language for communication;
  • 79% report they do not currently listen to any radio (although for a variety of reasons);
  • 81% report that they never use the Internet; and
  • 58% say they have access to mobile phones--although regular use is overwhelmingly restricted to making and receiving phone calls, and just 19% of those with access to mobile phones report that the handset is capable of internet access.

By using these findings, the Internews Humanitarian team is adapting its communication strategies to ensure that there is a flow of information to and from the affected communities. 

What now?

At this moment the team is in the process of recruiting Rohingya community correspondents, and bringing partners together into a common service project to strengthen the two-way communication channels between aid providers and the affected communities. The attached infographic on Feedback Analysis illustrates the Rohingya Humanitarian Information Service and how it works. 

As more develops over the following months we'll be sharing updates here. Thank you again for all of your support and belief in this work!


Jan 17, 2018

2017 Year in Review

2017 was a huge year for The Listening Post Collective and we couldn't have done it without your support!

Here are some stats and highlights of the past year:

  • 1,966 visitors since launching our web site,
  • Average 75 users/week
  • 178 people signed up for our newsletter
  • Distributed 8 newsletters to 178 people
  • Published 6 case studies on our Medium page

Coached 17 newsrooms around the country:

  • Oakland, CA: El Tímpano
  • Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • New Orleans, LA: The Listening Post NOLA in partnership with WWNO, WBOK,
  • Illinois: Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Mansfield, Ohio: The Richland Source
  • Asbury Park, NJ: Jersey Shore Hurricane News
  • Boston, MA: WBUR
  • Stonington, ME: The First Coast
  • Anchorage, AK:  Alaska Public Media
  • Sweden:  Listening Post Norrköping
  • Tampa, LA: Tampa Public Radio
  • Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Public Radio
  • Clovis, CA: Valley Public Radio
  • San Francisco, CA: KAWL
  • West Virginia: 100 Days in Appalachia
  • Philadelphia, PA: The Reentry Project, WHYY
  • Los Angeles, CA: Fresno Bee, LA Times, Wilmington Wire

Six universities using The Playbook:

  • CUNY
  • University of Oregon,
  • California State University, Northridge
  • USC Center for Health Journalism:
  • Quinnipiac
  • Temple University

Established a national partnership with The Trace:

 The Listening Post New Orleans partnered the past month with The Trace, a national media outlet that focuses on the topic of guns in America. Through outreach via community events, listening post recording stations around New Orleans, and text messaging, the New Orleans team collected voices of local gun-shot survivors. The Trace published in depth features from the collaboration, and is working with the LPNola team to circulate a community survey.  

Completed Assessments in:

  • Baltimore
  • Omaha, and
  • Puerto Rico

And gave presentations and trainings at conferences around the country including the USC Center for Health Journalism, Solutions Journalism Summit, and People Powered Publishing Conference. 

2017 was a busy year and now that we are in 2018 we're excited to continue this work and expand it to more newsrooms and communities across the US! Keep in touch and stay tuned for more updates.

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