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In Nigeria, Holding Gov't Accountable On the Radio

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, June 10 2014

Like this, but government officials are the ones in the hot seat (Flickr/Jena Fuller)

In Nigeria, a reality radio program provides a forum for tackling issues of public or private impunity. Hosted by Ordinary Ahmed Isah, the Brekete Family Radio program has a listener base of an estimated 20 million people. Their motto is to be “the voice of the voiceless.” Writing on the Open Society Foundations blog (Brekete Family Radio is an Open Society partner), Udo Jude Ilo calls it the “last resort of the common man.”

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New and Old Media Collide in Saudi Twitter Radio Station

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, September 10 2013

Several Saudi bloggers have launched a weekly, two-hour long program called Radio-Twitter, which takes cues and tips from Twitter trends. Radio-Twitter emphasizes news of interest to the young and connected population in Saudi Arabia.

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Alternative Radio Stations For Malaysian Opposition Assert Cyber Attack by Government

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, April 12 2013

The owner of anti-government Malaysian media outlets based in Britain says they have been the victims of cyber attacks designed to shut them down. Radio Free Malaysia, Radio Free Sarawak and the news portal Sarawak Report have reported being targeted by DDoS (denial-of-service) attacks for weeks. Clare Rewcastle-Brown, the founder of all three news outlets, asserts that the Malaysian government is behind the attacks. In a press release she announced that on April 10th the Sarawak Report was targeted by 64 million hits and the sister sites were similarly attacked; on April 11 the sites finally shut down. Read More

After #Sandy, WNYC Radio Shows How Pro-Am Crowdsourcing Can Fill In the Picture

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 1 2012

With millions of residents of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area without power since Superstorm Sandy swept through the region Monday, a complete picture of the devastation and loss remains out of reach. But radio, especially the two-way, interactive, crowd-sourced journalism practiced by WNYC's Brian Lehrer, is helping filling in the gaps. Read More

"Signalling Dissent"

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 21 2011

The Economist covers how dissidents in northern Africa and elsewhere are cobbling together antennae and slices of the wireless radio spectrum to get around Internet and cell network takedowns. Read More

The Gingrich Formula for New Media Spending

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 24 2010

Newt Gingrich, political consultant, floated the idea on PBS NewsHour that political candidates should have "as big a budget for new media as you have for radio and television." National Journal's Ashlie ... Read More

Romney's on The Tube, Obama Dominates Online, Rudy Loves Radio

BY Colin Delany | Wednesday, July 11 2007

Neilsen has published some fascinating details on how the presidential candidates are spending their media money and what kind of results they're getting for it. has the numbers; here are some ... Read More

Will Google Radio Ads Be a Factor in the '08 Elections?

BY Colin Delany | Tuesday, July 10 2007

At last week's New Organizing Institute/IPDI-sponsored Google presentation on advocacy tools, after looking at Google Ads and answering questions about click fraud, the company's Elections and Issue Advocacy team touched ... Read More