New Narratives is a team of leading African journalists using the power of media to transform their countries.
Journalists in NN’s pilot project grew up during Liberia’s long, brutal civil war where warlords thrived on misinformation to wreak havoc that left nearly 1 in 10 people dead. Our journalists understand better than most the need for truthful, independent media. Through investigative and hard-hitting stories, NN reporters arm Africans with the information they need to demand accountability from leaders and make decisions that will improve their lives.
NN editors, managers, commentators, photographers and reporters are top journalists at independent media houses. In Liberia they have the country’s largest audience, reaching 2/3 of the people and making sure every story has maximum impact.
NN reporters have broken major stories on taboo subjects such as child labor, breached contracts by foreign mining companies, teen pregnancy, rape, teen prostitution, unsafe abortions, female genital cutting, and coup plots. We have prompted major investigations and initiatives by government and international agencies. We have highlighted the work of visionaries, many of them women. We have won growing audiences for our media houses, and encouraged rival media to lift their standards to compete.
Africans Reporting Africa
Not enough journalists reporting to major international media from Africa are African. We believe Africans are better placed to give in-depth, nuanced analysis on their own countries that will ensure world leaders have the balanced, detailed information they need to make decisions that impact the continent. NN journalists are the major contributors of Liberian news to international media such as Newsweek/Daily Beast, The Guardian, Reuters, Global Post, Newsday, PBS Newshour, Foreign Policy magazine, US public radio and the Christian Science Monitor.
Please explore the site. Read the stories. Tell us what you think. We’re gearing up to expand the project to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone. We need your help to fund this vital effort with a donation today. Thank you!