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A good walk spoiled

Freetown Golf Club (FTG). Saturday, May 18th, 2:03 p.m. – I was finishing some interviews for a feature article about Sierra..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

You lucky dog

The goal of Journalists for Human Rights is to make everyone in the world fully aware of their rights. We do this through facilitating good..

May 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Digging up the future

In Hollywood “romcom” movies, you’ll sometimes see the male lead whisk away his lady in a blindfold for a surprise holiday. When..

May 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

A deafening silence

Bonthe is like nowhere else I’ve ever been. It has no cars, no real roads, and just a few motorbikes. It is like stepping back in..

April 25, 2013 with 0 Comments

A look inside Radio Democracy

For much of the past month I have been working with journalists at The Society for Radio Democracy 98.1fm in Freetown. Most people here..

April 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

In the field, literally

Just like in most countries, Easter is followed by a four-day week here in Sierra Leone. That normally equates to less being achieved,..

April 7, 2013 with 1 Comment

A Good Friday lesson

I started my Good Friday with an early trip to Lumley Beach in Freetown. I ran a wavy line along the soft, white sand, dodging the waves as..

March 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

The patience of my job

On Friday, I was helping one of the employees at Skyy Radio with writing and recording her voice track for a radio documentary. We were..

March 17, 2013

It’s cultural

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

March 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

It's cultural

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

March 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

The secret is out

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

March 6, 2013 with 0 Comments

Mental illness a crisis in Sierra Leone

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

March 6, 2013 with 0 Comments

Sweet Salone

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human Rights..

March 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

The prof

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human Rights..

March 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

Home Again

I follow Edwina Thomas through the tight alleys of Kroo Bay in Freetown. This is one of the city’s most deprived areas. Thousands of..

March 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

Hungry Journalists

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

February 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

Back to Africa

Jayme Doll is a reporter with Global TV in Calgary. In the winter of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

February 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

Why’d it have to be snakes?

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Why'd it have to be snakes?

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Rookie Mistakes

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

The ‘AHA!’ moment

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

The 'AHA!' moment

Tom Vernon is a reporter with Global TV in Regina. In the winter of 2013, he reported from Sierra Leone and served as an expert trainer..

February 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

The street kids of Sierra Leone

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 23, 2013 with 0 Comments

Lost Childhoods

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 23, 2013 with 0 Comments

Wandering around Kroo Bay

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 23, 2013 with 0 Comments

Cholera in Sierra Leone

Global TV Toronto’s Christine Stevens served as a short-term expert trainer for JHR in the fall of 2012 in Freetown, Sierra Leone...

January 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

JHR Present Sierra Leone Human Rights Reporting Awards

December 10 was International Human Rights Day, and jhr celebrated by presenting awards for the best human rights stories produced in..

December 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ensuring media proficiency and people’s participation in the 2012 elections.

A one day forum on the rules of engagements with community radio stations funded by JHR was organized in Bo City on the 21st September..

October 18, 2012 with 0 Comments

JHR Leading Workshop Series on Human Rights Reporting in Sierra Leone for 2012 Elections

In less than two months, Sierra Leoneans will head to the polls for the third time since the end of a civil war. The country has been..

October 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

JHR trains Law Enforcement and Justice Officials in Northern Sierra Leone

                                                                 (Separate group discussions by the Sierra..

July 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

SLAJ lectures Journalists on Press Freedom Day.

A snap shot extract from – the Africa Young Voices publication of May 3 2012.   Members of the Association of Journalists (SLAJ)..

May 13, 2012 with 0 Comments

Sierra Leone’s National Dance Troupe Fights to Return to Glory Days

I went along with my colleague at Cotton Tree News, Kevin Lamdo, to produce his program entitled “My Visit,” where he highlights the..

March 28, 2012 with 0 Comments

Sierra Leone's National Dance Troupe Fights to Return to Glory Days

I went along with my colleague at Cotton Tree News, Kevin Lamdo, to produce his program entitled “My Visit,” where he highlights the..

March 28, 2012 with 0 Comments

Feedback on BBC Media Action/JHR’s work with community radio stations in Sierra Leone.

Working with community radio in Sierra Leone is an effective choice; 80 percent of the population listens to the radio and poor literacy..

March 27, 2012 with 1 Comment

Fending for their families or child labor?

They were such a spectacle at one of our numerous boat stop-over’s on our return trip from Bonthe Island, during a joint BBC Media Action..

March 27, 2012 with 0 Comments

Jhr trained journalist breaks an illegal activity in Tombo – Sierra Leone.

In December 2011, jhr-trained Sallieu Mohamed Bangura set out to investigate an interesting story using his newly acquired journalistic..

March 27, 2012 with 0 Comments

Sierra Leone is Still Waiting for a Freedom of Information Law

Though the government of Sierra Leone has been making very public displays of initiatives that aim to promote transparency, since even..

February 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

Community Radio Puts Local News First

The people of Port Loko, Sierra Leone used to get news about their town from radio stations in the capital even though they had their own..

January 30, 2012 with 0 Comments

Freetown workers protest after six months without salaries

Story by: Jessica McDiarmid & Poindexter Sama Annie Kargbo has spent the last 18 years sweeping the streets of Freetown, earning up to..

January 27, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Road from Here

The road from the Sierra Leonean town of Kenema to the Liberian border is not the smoothest ride in the country, but it may be one of the..

January 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Navigating Sierra Leone, local-styles

Some shots from my travels to the provinces with colleagues from BBC Media Action. I set off for the journey as early as 5am, aboard a..

January 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Five Human Rights Stories that Made Headlines in Sierra Leone in 2011

In the past year, the Sierra Leonean government has been working to change the image of the country from that of civil war, Blood Diamonds..

January 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Maintaining Community in Women’s Prison

I visited Freetown’s prison for women with Martha Kargbo, jhr’s first BBC World Service Trust Fellow in Sierra Leone. She is producing..

December 19, 2011 with 0 Comments

A note from Sierra Leone

With two journalism trainers in place, jhr kicks off the new year in Salone with a flurry of activities planned for 2011 By Jenny Vaughan..

February 10, 2011 with 0 Comments

Finding Kumba Kamara

The first time I saw Kumba Kamara, she was slumped on a mat by the side of her house. Her right foot and calf were wrapped in a filthy..

May 27, 2010 with 1 Comment

On the Road in Sierra Leone

 The sky was just beginning to lighten as the roar of a motorcycle drew near. Moments later, there was a light tap at the door...

January 22, 2010 with 0 Comments
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