Fojo and IMS in Myanmar has come to Facebook

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The partnership between Fojo and IMS (International Media Support) in Myanmar has come to Facebook. Here you find the new page!
- Thanks to Swedish support, we are able to work with our partners here in Myanmar to develop an independent and professional media that supports the ongoing democratic reform process, is written in the first post.

The program in Myanmar will focus on media-related law and policy-making; professionalization of journalists and strengthening ethical standards; community media and access to information. You can read more about it here.

First Online radio training for ethnic media in Myanmar

MM Petra and Letyar IMSFojo nyRadio trainer Ko Sai Muang with Petra Quiding and Letyar Tun, Fojo/IMS. Photo IMS/Fojo– Online radio supports the development of democracy, says trainer Ko Sai Muang. He just finished the first half day of Online Radio Training in Taunggyi, Shan State organised by BNI.
– Its cheaper than FM broadcasting, its a platform everyone with internet or a smartphone in the community can use and we can broadcast independent information.

The training is the first Online radio training held for ethnic language journalists, all of their media houses members of BNI, a partner to Fojo/IMS. The idea is to slow start online radio shows, while waiting for the new broadcasting law to come into full effect.
– With online radio we at Shan Herald for example can provide broadcast time for human rights organisations like SWAN (Shan Women´s Action Network ) that contributes to the empowering of women.

“A programme that has totally changed the way I view my career”

Kin Omar Makaran 1 nyKin Omar MakaranThe very first leadership programme for Somali women journalists was launched this week in Nairobi, Kenya. The eleven Women in News Somali participants were thrilled after creating a career roadmap, networking with colleagues from the Somali regions and Kenya, and taking part in management and leadership training to advance their careers.

“It is a programme that has totally changed the way that I view my career, as I have a roadmap now. I have benefitted a lot form the WIN programme which will form the foundation for the development of my career”, said Kin Omar Makaran, Head of News at the Somali Cable TV.

The volunteer program in Kigali up and running

RW SJC volontarstart 1The volunteer program to support the School of Journalism and Communication in Kigali, Rwanda, is now up and running. And the three first volunteers have now begun.

- We are very excited to kick start the program and support the education to become more practical, professional and student focused, they said.

The project will be ongoing for at least three more years and is funded by Sida.

From left: Johan Romare, Ylva M Andersson, Kerstin Engström, Ia Wadendal, Anki Wood, Annelie Frank and Sofie Byrnes Gullberg

Media Civil Society Change Management & Renewal Process

ZIM VMCZ workshop pic3The Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ), one of the partner organisations in the Swedish Media Development Programme in Zimbabwe, held a change management and renewal workshop on 17-18 August 2016 in Harare.

The workshop incorporated three main issues which are: change management, risk management and resource mobilisation under the facilitation of Jefter Mxotshwa, a South African-based change management specialist. VMCZ will subsequently develop its own organisational change management, risk management and resource mobilisation policies from this process.

Fojo volunteers to Kigali

RW Volontarer HT2016Ylva M Andersson, Felix Larnö, Daniel Jonsson, Anna Tainio, Ia Wadendal, Tomas Jennebo and Håkan Montelius. Not part of the photos, but also part of this great group: Niclas Ericsson, Annelie Frank and Victoria Engstrand-Neacsu.Fojo has gathered the first group of Swedish journalists who has joined Fojo´s new volunteering program in Kigali, Rwanda. The aim of the program is to to support and strengthen the School of Journalism and Communication in order to make the education more practical, professional and student focused. In September the first group of volunteers will travel to Kigali.

-We are delighted over the big interest from Swedish journalists that wants to work as volunteers in Rwanda, says Johan Romare, International Director. We have great hopes to introduce the volunteer program also to other countries where Fojo work.

The project will be ongoing for at least three more years and is funded by Sida.

Media Literacy Camp was held in Kalmar

What would the world be like if all children got the ability to analyze, evaluate and create media messages? Pioneer work is done in Belarus, where 40 secondary schools are introducing media literacy in class. Exchange with colleagues at Fojo Media Literacy Camp (in Kalmar) spurred teachers from Belarus, Ukraine and Poland to take on the challenge.

Agneta Söderberg Jacobsson

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