Subject: Internews Timor-Leste Launches a Daily News Service

Internews Timor-Leste Launches a Daily News Service

(February 11, 2005) Internews Timor-Leste has launched a daily news summary service targeting an NGO (non-governmental organization) audience who want to know what is going on in Timor-Leste but don't have the resources or linguistic skills to translate the daily newspapers. Newspapers print in four different languages, but primarily in Tetum and Indonesian.

This is the first income generating initiative for the newly formed local media development NGO which is beginning an "incubator" process under the guidance and support of Internews Network.

Timor-Leste Subscriber News is a daily local and international media monitoring service. It includes the main stories from local print media and stories about Timor or Timor-related issues from the international media.

Specific monitoring is also available on request for a higher rate. NGOs or businesses can request "sector-specific" media monitoring which is more detailed information about any story in local or international media. The service also hopes to be able to monitor campaigns by local or international NGOs. Monitoring of radio and TV is also a future option for investigation, along with analysis of local or international media coverage including balance, scope and accuracy.

The mission of this new local media NGO is to support the development of quality and independent media to help build community and democracy. Income from this subscription service will be used to subsidize training and technical advice for the journalists of Timor-Leste.

Internews Timor-Leste is funded by the United States Agency for International Development.


Jan McArthur, Internews Timor-Leste Chief of Party Internews Timor Leste

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