Fojo´s partner Transparency International Kenya (TI-Kenya) through the Action for Transparency Project and USIU-Africa will conduct a training for journalists in Nairobi, which aims to empower journalists with skills to investigate cases of suspected corruption or mismanagement of public funds and analyse financial/budgetary information to reveal gaps affecting the health and education sectors. Journalists will undergo training from 28th to 30th November 2017 at United States International University (USIU-Africa), in Nairobi. More information here.
Under the above motto and within the ‘Magic Training Room’ at the Vietnamese Journalist’s Training Centre (VJTC) in Hanoi, the Fojo Southeast Asian Media Training Network programme met to strengthen the partner institutes’ strategic approaches to income generation, communication and visibility.
On-line hate and threats have become a reality for many women journalists. What makes this kind of harassment so particular is that the threats are usually not based on what the women journalists report, but by the mere fact that they are women. As in any case where journalists and media are attacked, it can lead to self-censorship and lack of investigative journalism, which poses a danger to democracy and in the long run may lead to closed societies.
The Fojo Media Institute and The Swedish Institute of International Affairs have now been given a mission by the Swedish Government to launch an international center to promote free and open media climate. The center will gather knowledge about threats and on-line hate, assisting media houses and journalists to counter harassment and find routines for analyzing and managing threats, not least by networking.
Channel 24 in Dhaka has an attractive TV newsroom. The news anchor sits at an elevated desk while the journalists produce the programme in the background. The camera angle is good, capturing the bustle of activity behind the scenes, without distracting attention from the bulletin.
From an audience perspective, it's not clear what everyone is doing, but that doesn't matter, the focus should be on the presenter. From a news organisation perspective, it's crucial that the right people are in the right place at the right time to ensure the most efficient and effective news production process.
A fresh approach to journalism capacity building is underway in Asia. And it’s all about inclusion and dialogue. They are the two buzzwords for a project that aims to empower those receiving the training from day one with course elements selected by participants, not by those providing the training.
Even the prospective trainer has to go through a selection process run by the media house taking part. I was interviewed via Skype from my home in England before they considered whether to invite me or not – and the decision-making process took more than a week.
“Yeah! Huye Today Magazine! The show we just updated for you, dear listeners!”
Christophe sways in front of the microphone, with feeling in his resonant voice. Jean Claude, the co-host, picks up his part of the presentation right on cue. The two students sound like true professionals.
At Radio Salus, the student radio station of the School of Journalism at the University of Rwanda in Huye, the trainees quickly pick up the necessary skills to broadcast. They get to spend many intense and rewarding hours in the studio, doing their part of air time at one of Rwanda's most popular radio stations.
- We wanted to focus on major challenges faced by the media in legal and economic spheres as well as issues in journalism standards, explains Andrei Bastunets, chairperson of Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) after the conference Fojo Media Institute held jointly with BAJ in February.
Sviatlana Alexievich, the Nobel Prize Laureate in literature and member of BAJ, also spoke and answered questions of the audience. A video with the part of the conference where Sviatlana Alexievich spoke and answered questions of the audience can be found here (in Russian). Below you can hear some statements translated to English.
The Fojo managed “Southeast Asia Media Training Network (MTN) 2016-2019” works to strengthen six journalism, media and communication training institutes and centres in four Southeast Asian countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam. The programme started early this year and focuses initially on a combination of building capacity of individual institutes and of joint processes of sharing and learning among the partners.
The Cambodia Communication Institute (CCI) initially requested support in the first step of a transformation and consolidation process through formulation of a first strategic plan and a business plan to accompany it. This process is presently unfolding. With the support from a media development and strategic planning specialist, advanced drafts of the strategic and business plans are being finalised.