By: Brenna Marea Powell
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 71 journalists have been killed in Syria and more than 80 kidnapped. Most of those have been killed for covering the war, and most of them were local. Only 11 were foreign reporters.
Syria is of course not the only place where journalists face serious threats to their lives — many of those reporting in countries torn apart by war, repressive regimes, or other violence are targeted for the work they do. And in most cases, it is local journalists who are the most vulnerable.
One of the most important organizations working to protect journalists and activists is one you possibly haven’t heard of yet. Working quietly, Internews has trained journalists in 80 countries — many of whom are under threat — providing them with tech tools to help them protect their identity, keep their data safe, and do their work in the most difficult circumstances.
This past week, BAIL was very pleased to work with Internews to organize a small Bay Area event on Internet freedom. Read more
By: The BAIL Team
“Without a profound simplification the world around us would be an infinite, undefined tangle that would defy our ability to orient ourselves and decide upon our actions…We are compelled to reduce the knowable to a schema.” (Primo Levi, The Drowned and the Saved)
We’ve been posting jobs on the BAIL job board for almost exactly a year and a half now. One important thing to realize about our job board is that it’s incomplete – we pull jobs from a list of around 135 different organizations and job boards, as well as those shared with us directly, but we invariably miss quite a few. And many jobs are never posted publicly at all.
With that caveat in mind, in the course of posting these jobs we have learned a great deal about the incredible range of international work happening in the Bay Area. The goal of this post is to reflect and provide some observations from the last 18 months of posting international-ish Bay Area jobs. Read more
Since BAIL was launched in March 2013, we have grown to more than 1,700 members, posted thousands of jobs, thrown some fantastic happy hours and hosted more focused events on topics from impact investing to transparency & accountability.
Hopefully through all of this we’ve helped you, the internationally-minded in the Bay Area, feel more engaged and connected with the dynamic international development sector here.
Taking this to the next level, and building our conversations with many BAIL members, we’re excited to announce the launch of the BAIL blog!
This blog will feature topics that touch on the impact that individuals and organizations based in the Bay Area are having on international affairs writ large — everything from human rights and climate change to technology, trade, impact investing and global economic development. All posts must include some sort of link back to the Bay Area.
Our goal is to feature weekly posts written by the BAIL community, providing a platform for sharing why the Bay Area is, and should be, a hub for international development and dialogue. Stay tuned for the first post tomorrow.
If you’d like to write a post please email your proposed topic or draft to Prairie.
We’d also love to hear what you’d like covered, feel free to add your ideas in the comments or shoot us an email with your suggestions.
Work globally, chat locally!
Brenna, Michael and Prairie
We established BAIL to foster a lively community of people and organizations who are based in the Bay Area and work internationally. We aggregate job opportunities, organize events, and support our network of members who are active in the fields of international development, governance, peacebuilding, human rights, trade, and environmental issues, as well as those working on international business development.
We are constantly exploring new directions for BAIL and creative ways to support this community. And we want to hear from you! Please submit events, comment and let us know what topics you’d like our blog to cover and contact us if you’re interested in collaborating for an event, and submit events to our calendar.