Project:A bi-lingual website offering independent, balanced coverage of Sudanese and South Sudanese current and cultural affairs as well as a platform for the coaching and professional development of journalists in Sudan and South Sudan.
Production Runtime:2011 to present
Partners:German Federal Foreign Office
In 2009, MICT started training local journalists ahead of the 2010 elections and the 2011 referendum on Southern Sudanese self-determination. Young journalists from both parts of Sudan came together in MICT-organised workshops: Many of the northerners had never been to the south before, and vice versa.
These bonds of friendship countered the stereotypes which dominate local media and the resulting work produced by the journalists was published on a bi-lingual website. Work was translated into Arabic and English in order to cross language barriers. Stories were also syndicated by local newspapers. After South Sudan’s independence in 2011, Sudan Votes was renamed The Niles to reflect the waterway that is an integral link between both countries.
The Niles promotes independent, balanced and accurate coverage of Sudanese and South Sudanese affairs. Working with around fifty journalists from throughout Sudan and South Sudan, MICT organises workshops and coaching to help advance reporters’ skills in relaying the stories that shape people’s lives.