Internews is a U.S.-based international media development organization. Its mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard. Internews has worked in over 70 countries, and its activities include establishing and supporting media outlets, journalist associations, and broadcast networks; training media professionals; producing programming; providing media infrastructure such as production equipment to support independent media; and promoting fair media laws and policies. It also has special programs to improve reporting on the environment, humanitarian crises, public health and women’s issues. Through its programs, Internews improves the reach, quality, and sustainability of local media, enabling them to better serve the information needs of their communities.
The CMDS has developed a strong working relationship with Internews. The CMDS co-organized its 2011 and 2012 summer university courses together with Internews and the Annenberg School. The Center has hosted workshops for Internews around online free expression, and the future of media policy in the Middle East and North Africa, it also participated in a collaborative research propject with Internews on the impact of international aid in media development, and it has received a grant to develop a Fellowship program with Internews Bosnia Herzegovina.