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RIP to our dear friend and colleague Prince Collins

We are shocked and saddened to hear of 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 … More

Augustine Teah, who was sponsored by NOCAL to study at Cuttington University, Liberia. When his funding was cut, he was forced to mend shoes to make money. Photo: Jefferson MassahRead Watch Listen

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

Derek Thorne, Thomson Reuters Foundation

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 … More

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Call for Applications: New Narratives and Thomson Reuters Foundation Wealth of Nations project

Take part in our new project, run in collaboration with New Narratives, that supports Liberian journalists and news organizations in covering the country’s oil industry. The call for applications is now closed. Please read on for general information about the … More

Liberia: letter to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from CPJ

Joel Simon, Executive Director Committee to Protect Journalists

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 … More

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NN’s Wade Williams on Ebola in Liberia for The New York Times

By Wade Williams

MONROVIA, Liberia — LIBERIANS have begun calling the days between July 27 and Aug. 3 “the dark week” — 173 new Ebola virus cases and 94 new deaths. How much darker things may get is anybody’s guess. In Johnsonville, a … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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NN’s Mae Azango Features in The Guardian

By Peter Preston

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 … More

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New Narratives’ Co-founder is awarded Global Australian Award

New Narratives is very proud our co-founder and executive director Prue Clarke has been honored with the Advance Global Australian Award for Social Innovation. Prue received the award at a glittering ceremony at Sydney’s Opera House. Among the other awardees … More

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New Narratives Reporters Profiled in Valerie Magazine

By Clair MacDougall

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 … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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A Bruising Battle and Important Win for African News Media by NN’s Rodney Sieh of FrontPage Africa

For the first time in Liberia a news outlet has built up enough credibility and trust that Liberians were willing to rise up to defend it. Perhaps I’ll be able to laugh one day when I look back at my … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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Teen Pregnancy and Bush Schools Hurting Efforts to Educate Girls

By Mae Azango with photos by Chase Walker

Cestos City – Hannah Toe is in the twelfth grade class at Cestos High School in rural Rivercess County. She looks youthful with cornrows and a red flower headband in her hair matching her ruffled top, but she is 24 … More

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Liberia Schools Crisis: Unfit Buildings and No Books Leave Children Behind

By Mae Azango with photos by Chase Walker

Cestos City – Twelve-year-old Baby Girl Yarkah is in the first grade and attends the Upper Timbo Community School in Little Liberia, Rivercess County. She shares a small chair with another girl because there are not enough seats to accommodate … More

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Liberia Education Crisis: A 3-part series reveals schools in chaos

By Mae Azango with photos by Chase Walker

Cestos City – Students in Rivercess County are learning less than half of the curriculum each semester because of untrained teachers and a broken pay system that forces teachers to abandon schools for days, even weeks at a time. The … More

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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 … More

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

By Rodney Sieh

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 … More