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.

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Women Myanmar journalists in new society

MM MWJS working groupMWJS working group.– Thanks to Fojo for giving me training in Newsroom Management, says Cherry Htike when I meet her again at the first ever workshop organised by Myanmar Women Journalist Society, MWJS.

– Thanks to that, I can now run my reporters in a professional way, and work with a business strategy to develop our news agency!

Fojo partners full time diploma graduates

MM Kay zon nwayKay Zon Nway. Photo: Pyay Myaw Myint– I use the lessons related to television in her current job already and found it is very useful, says Kay Zon Nway and smiles broadly. She is one of ninteen happy students to graduate from the one year full time diploma course of Myanmar Journalism Institute today in Yangon. In future, she wants to continue her further study in online, mobile, radio, and as most other students, she already been offered a job.

Fojo and IMS kick-off new three year-programme in Myanmar

MM Newspaper salesman Yangon 1Newspaper salesmen on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by Helle Wahlberg, IMSWith a grant from the Swedish Government the two organisations will continue their long-term engagement with Myanmar’s media, policy makers and institutions towards the development of a professional, independent and accountable media in Myanmar.
The programme which runs from April 2016 – April 2019 will focus on
i.) support to media-related law and policy-making; 
ii) professionalization of journalists and strengthening ethical standards; as well as 
iii) community media and access to information.
“Our priority over the next three years will be to support our strong local partners in their efforts to develop independent and accountable media as a driver of positive social and political change.” says Johan Romare, International Director at Fojo Media Institute.

Feedback session at Summer School in Myanmar

MM MJI Summer schoolFinal hours of Fojo partners Myanmar Journalism Institute summer school. Feedback session on graduation productions of the first batch of ninteen full time diploma students.

High quality print, audio and video on current Myanmar issues!

Press freedom celebrated in Myanmar

MM WPFD 2016 Yangon 1Photo: Letyar ThunAt the World Press Freedom day, the newly appointed Minister of Information, Dr. Pe Myint, promised to commit and work together with media organizations to promote freedom of expression. He also called for local journalists to educate themselves and build on their competence and professionalism.

The new Information Minister of Myanmar, who was recently appointed by the new NLD-led government, is a writer and was once the chief editor of one of the leading political journals under the military government. The minister gave an opening speech at the ceremony of the World Press Freedom day in Yangon on May 3.

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