Together Liberia, Free Rodney, New Narratives, Ebola In Liberia and Accountability Lab Fellowships are five projects designed to advance the effectiveness and prosperity of the media landscape in Liberia. They are about social justice, giving a voice to people, and spreading knowledge to the Liberian people while enhancing the educational experience of Syracuse Students. These efforts help facilitate dialogue in the public sphere and act as a catalyst for informed decisions and activism.


Together Liberia


Together Liberia is a project designed to empower local communicators to share their own stories. Professors and students from five universities provide training, equipment donations and relationship-building. Syracuse University is the anchor institution, in partnership with Duke University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Oregon and the University of Massachusetts Boston.

With teams training Liberians in the arts of storytelling, photography, media ethics, multimedia and web design, participants were able to successfully publish stories in local and international media. In addition, trainers set up a knowledge base foundation from which future projects and stories could be told with greater ease and efficiency.


Free Rodney – Press Freedom Project


In an effort to help free jailed Liberian publisher and editor Rodney Sieh, we started an online media campaign to raise awareness and apply pressure to the Liberian government. Sieh was freed in December 2013.


New Narratives


New Narratives (NN) spreads innovations and ideas people can use to improve their lives without relying on aid. NN is a non-profit organization helping media deliver independent, truthful information to its people so they can make smart decisions about their countries’ politics and resources while keeping leaders accountable. In 2012, center director Ken Harper joined NN as the director of digital and visual media.


Ebola In Liberia Report



In an effort to shed light on the Ebola crisis in Liberia, center director Ken Harper, in partnership with assistant professor Steven King of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, mobilized a team of developers and designers that quickly created an interactive online data visualization website that shows the Ebola outbreak as it happens, offering government officials and the public immediate access to constantly evolving information. By using open-source technology, a group of passionate academic and professional volunteers were able to disseminate information which can prove to be life-saving.


The Accountability Lab Newhouse Fellowship Program

Jim Tuttle (right) interviews a student of the Liberia Visual Arts Academy.

Jim Tuttle (right) interviews a student of the Liberia Visual Arts Academy.


The Accountability Lab and the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement have partnered to create opportunities for visual storytelling and communication students to work in Liberia, Nepal and Pakistan. As a part of that collaboration we are announcing the Summer 2016 Visual Storytelling and Communications positions.

Fellowship Focus Areas

  • Visual Storytelling and Design
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Strategy and Development


The Newhouse–Accountability Lab Fellowship is the leading, multi-disciplinary program for students interested in transforming development outcomes through a focus on accountability, transparency, and open governance. The Newhouse Center for Global Engagement and the Accountability Lab have partnered to encourage students work in Pakistan, Liberia, Nepal, and Mali, focused the area in Visual Storytelling and Design to product creative projects.

The Accountability Lab Fellowship is a 10-week, immersive learning experience in Nepal, Pakistan, Liberia, or Mali. The fellowship provides structured training and knowledge-building, hands-on experience relevant to your background and skills with some of the best social change-makers in these countries, as well as continual feedback to track progress and impact. As a fellow, you will be a full-fledged member of the Accountability Lab team, with the opportunity to design, shape, and implement programs and systems.


Brittany Wait_Accountability Lab Visual Storytelling Fellow in Nepal

Learn more about Brittany’s experience with Accountability Lab Visual Storytelling Fellowship

Learn more about Liberia fellow Jim Tuttle.

Learn more about Liberia fellow Jim Tuttle


Application & Structure

  • Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Fellows will be matched to a focus area and location based on their interest and background/skills.
  • The fellowship will begin with an immersive three-day orientation, network-building, and knowledge-sharing bootcamp at the OpenGov Hub in Washington DC in late May or early June.
  • Fellows will then fly out to one of our local offices for an 8-week period, before returning to Washington, DC for a 2-day learning and feedback retreat.
  • Strongly encourage fellows to seek funding from their universities as well as independent scholarships. If you are unable to secure outside funding, the Lab will provide a stipend to cover core costs.




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