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The Impact of New Media Technologies on Zambia’s 2016 Presidential elections.
July 18, 2017

The Impact of New Media Technologies on Zambia’s 2016 Presidential elections.

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Author: Daniel Tonga, July 18 2017 - Abstract: The emergence of new media technologies has changed the way in which political communication takes place in Zambia. On 11thAugust 2016, Zambia held presidential, parliamentary and local ...

Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa
July 12, 2017

Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa

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Author: George Ogola, originally posted May 16 2017 - The news media is usually one of first casualties of bungled or contested elections. From the recent US elections, the UK’s Brexit vote to Zambia’s controversial 2016 presidential elections, ...

The rise of edutainment: taking stock of the evidence
June 28, 2017

The rise of edutainment: taking stock of the evidence

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Author: Sonia Whitehead, BBC Media Action Head of Research Programmes, originally posted June 21 2017 - Around the world, growing numbers of people have more and more access to endless distractions. Global smartphone ownership is on the ...

Bubble filters and custom truths: how do you get out of them?
June 27, 2017

Bubble filters and custom truths: how do you get out of them?

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Author:  Soraya Carvajal B., June 27 2017 - In 2010 Eli Pariser began his research on bubble filters thanks to his interest in meeting different people, which would challenge him in his way of thinking. So, trying to keep the exchange of ...

Filtros burbuja y verdades personalizadas ¿cómo salir de ellos?
June 27, 2017

Filtros burbuja y verdades personalizadas ¿cómo salir de ellos?

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Autor:  Soraya Carvajal B., 27 de junio 2017 - En 2010 Eli Pariser comenzó su investigación sobre los filtros burbuja gracias a su interés por conocer a gente distinta, que le supusiese un reto en cuanto a su forma de pensamiento. Así, ...

Listening Post Collective
June 26, 2017

Listening Post Collective

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"We believe responsible reporting begins with listening. From there, media outlets and community organizations can create news stories that respond to people's informational needs, reflect their lives, and enable them to make informed ...

Tell me a story: narratives, behaviour change and neuroscience
June 20, 2017

Tell me a story: narratives, behaviour change and neuroscience

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Author: National Creative Director, BBC Media Action India Radharani Mitra, orignially posted June 19 2017 - "Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever." - ...

The case for adaptive programming
June 13, 2017

The case for adaptive programming

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Author: BBC Media Action India Country Director Priyanka Dutt, posted to the BBC Media Action website on June 8 2017 - I don’t like results frameworks. Most demand that you specify exactly what you will do, where, when, and how many times, in ...

A Slowly Shifting Field: Understanding Donor Priorities in Media Development
June 12, 2017

A Slowly Shifting Field: Understanding Donor Priorities in Media Development

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"In the current era of resurgent authoritarianism, independent media has become ever more important." This report looks at the trends identified by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), an initiative of the National Endowment for ...

The Soul Beat 268 - Media (for) Development in Africa
June 12, 2017

The Soul Beat 268 - Media (for) Development in Africa

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Soul Beat Africa The Soul Beat 268 - Media (for) Development in Africa June 13 2017

The Assault on Journalism: Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression
June 7, 2017

The Assault on Journalism: Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression

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"People who exercise their right to freedom of expression through journalism must be allowed to practice their work without restrictions. This is the responsibility of the state, courts, media companies and journalist organizations, but also of ...

Model Course on Safety of Journalists
June 6, 2017

Model Course on Safety of Journalists

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"UNESCO believes that attacks against journalists intimidate everyone, and leave society in a condition of information-poverty. Governments, business, civil society and individuals all lose when the media cannot do its job of bringing reliable ...

Jungala Radio
June 6, 2017

Jungala Radio

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"Refugees travelling to and across Europe have limited or no access to media platforms, digital tools and the Internet. This makes it difficult for these communities to challenge the negative mainstream media narratives and public attitudes that ...

Journalism without Gatekeepers/Editors: Negative Impact of Social Media on Journalism in Pakistan
June 5, 2017

Journalism without Gatekeepers/Editors: Negative Impact of Social Media on ...

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Author: Kaleem Butt, June 7 2017: The gatekeeper/editor plays a very vital role in journalism; a gatekeeper/editor is a person who is responsible for what is published or broadcast, he/she takes care of grammatical mistakes and whether the ...

The Press Club Hegemony in Pakistan
June 4, 2017

The Press Club Hegemony in Pakistan

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Author: Kaleem Butt, June 6 2017 - It is very true that Pakistan is considered to be one of the most dangerous places for journalism. Journalists are killed, tortured, injured, and blackmailed by state as well as non-state actors, at an average ...

Zambia's Changing Media Face: Politics and Media Unlikely Friends
June 1, 2017

Zambia's Changing Media Face: Politics and Media Unlikely Friends

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Author:  Journalist, Media Consultant and Economist Daniel Tonga, June 6 2017 - Over the last few years, the media in Zambia has gone through a lot of changes. The major reasons for these changes have been both political and ...

Sindhi Press against Censorship during the  Zia Regime (1977-1988)
May 27, 2017

Sindhi Press against Censorship during the Zia Regime (1977-1988)

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Author: Kaleem Butt, May 31 2015 - Introduction: In this era when there is democracy everywhere in the world, still there are many nations that are striving for liberty and autonomy. One such country is Pakistan that has seen direct martial law ...

Pathways to Engagement: Understanding How Newsrooms are Working with Communities
May 17, 2017

Pathways to Engagement: Understanding How Newsrooms are Working with Communities

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"Early experiments and innovators have learned a lot about how to weave engagement into the reporting process, but there is still a long way to go to ensure these practices are widespread. Investing in supporting engagement in newsrooms right now ...

FLEGT Media: A Reporting Guide on Illegal Logging
May 17, 2017

FLEGT Media: A Reporting Guide on Illegal Logging

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"This is not a story. It's not a beat. It's not an angle. This is a lifetime of reporting. The fate of the last great forests, and the people who depend on them, will be decided in the coming decades. Journalists like you will be key players in ...

Vibrant Information for Just, Prosperous, and Inclusive Societies
May 16, 2017

Vibrant Information for Just, Prosperous, and Inclusive Societies

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"People need to generate, access, engage with, and disseminate high-quality news and information in order to make informed decisions, hold those in power accountable, and take actions that will improve their lives. This paper describes IREX's new ...

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects
May 10, 2017

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects

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"The communicative ecologies approach grounds our analysis of innovation, sustainability, and strategy in local contexts, enabling us to explore how the spread of digital technologies is being integrated into Pacific media and communication ...

3 negatives and 3 positives from World Press Freedom Day
May 9, 2017

3 negatives and 3 positives from World Press Freedom Day

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Author:  BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, originally posted on May 5 2017 - Given the troubling global backdrop, World Press Freedom Day arguably needed a name change in 2017. Marked annually by a gathering ...

April 26, 2017

Media: Pay or not pay?

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There is an ongoing, murmuring issue in health communication - do you pay for media time or not? The issues are difficult and interesting. Where do you stand and why? In favour of paying is the argument that if you wish your media and ...

The Power of Airwaves: The Role of Spectrum Management in Media Development
April 26, 2017

The Power of Airwaves: The Role of Spectrum Management in Media Development

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"[A] well-defined, transparent, and equitable spectrum management process that takes into account the needs of all relevant stakeholders is necessary in order to create an environment that serves the public good and enables media development."

Advancing C4D in Academic institutions
April 24, 2017

Advancing C4D in Academic institutions

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This group emerged from an extensive discussion on The Communication Initiative platform that was prompted by a post from Caroline Hungwe entitled Lack of C4D modules in University courses. There were over 60 contributions to that discussion from ...

Bold female voices: broadcasting under the shadow of Boko Haram
April 24, 2017

Bold female voices: broadcasting under the shadow of Boko Haram

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Author: BBC Media Action's Head of Country Programmes, Nigeria, Rachael Borlase, originally posted on April 13 2017 - At the height of the Boko Haram insurgency local radio stations stayed on air. Three years on from the Chibok schoolgirls’ ...

Social media tips from Doctor Who help launch new Palestinian youth drama
April 24, 2017

Social media tips from Doctor Who help launch new Palestinian youth drama

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Author: Social Media Manager, BBC, Jose Vila, originally posted on March 30 2017 - Jose Vila, social media manager for Doctor Who on advising BBC Media Action's new TV drama in the Palestinian Territories. Life's full of surprises. I was sitting ...

Gender in the Belarusian Media Landscape
April 21, 2017

Gender in the Belarusian Media Landscape

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"Belittling stereotypes that hinder advancement, problems to combine work and family life, gender biased distribution of beats and a general feminization of the industry, (with declining wages and significant male drop out), are some of the ...

Junagadh Janvani Empowering Rural Lives
April 20, 2017

Junagadh Janvani Empowering Rural Lives

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Author: Asst. Professor, GBPUA&T, Arpita Sharma, originally posted April 1 2017 - Establishment of Community Radio Station in Junagadh Agriculture University (JAU) is a success story and inspires other institution to replicate the model for ...

The role of social media in development
April 20, 2017

The role of social media in development

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Author: BBC Media Action Indonesia Country Director Rosie Parkyn, originally posted on March 31 2017 - Why should development organisations care about social media? Rosie Parkyn looks at social media’s potential to enhance development outcomes in ...

Media, Public Opinion and Women Empowerment
April 20, 2017

Media, Public Opinion and Women Empowerment

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Author: PSAf's Lilian Saka-Kiefer, originally on April 20 2017 - The media are a critical player in building public awareness on events in the society that directly or indirectly affect their audience. The media have a great impact in the ...

BBC Media Action Data Portal
April 19, 2017

BBC Media Action Data Portal

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This BBC Media Action Data Portal is designed as a resource centre for the organisation's reports and data from across Africa, Asia and the Middle East over the past five years. The portal features reports, visualisations, tools and data from BBC ...

Five questions our data portal can help answer
April 19, 2017

Five questions our data portal can help answer

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Author: BBC Media Action Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead, originally posted on April 4 2017 - There's a lack of data on what ordinary people think, feel and want in developing countries. Our new Data Portal aims to help ...

A voice for women in Afghanistan
April 19, 2017

A voice for women in Afghanistan

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Author: BBC Media Action's Serena Hamilton, originally posted on March 6 2017 - A small radio station in Afghanistan run by women for women is providing a platform to discuss women’s rights, health and local news – and training the next ...

What's the best way of improving accountability in Sierra Leone?
April 17, 2017

What's the best way of improving accountability in Sierra Leone?

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's George Ferguson on March 17 2017 - A free and independent media that holds politicians to account on behalf of citizens has long been held up as a cornerstone of a thriving democracy. In Sierra Leone, we ran a ...

Human stories inspire positive change
April 17, 2017

Human stories inspire positive change

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Katy Williams, on March 6 2017 - Katy Williams asked political debate show presenters in Nepal and Afghanistan about the real-life changes their programmes have helped achieve. Successes include getting more ...

Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking
April 13, 2017

Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking

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"Our hope is that this report may serve as a vehicle to start a broader conversation about core policy principles. Policymakers, scholars, and concerned citizens may refer to it as they consider the underlying normative values that underpin a ...

Terrorism and the Media: A Handbook for Journalists
April 10, 2017

Terrorism and the Media: A Handbook for Journalists

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"Terrorists rely upon conventional journalistic codes of drama, violence and surprise, especially for television....Traditional media have not always taken the measure of their responsibility in this great propaganda game, and enter into the ...

Tuning In To Community Radio
April 7, 2017

Tuning In To Community Radio

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"While we acknowledge there is a tyranny of distance between Pacific countries...we have the opportunity to strengthen existing information and communication exchange models which amplify voices and brings visibility to the desire for equality, ...

How Do Media on Both Sides of the Mediterranean Report on Migration?
April 4, 2017

How Do Media on Both Sides of the Mediterranean Report on Migration?

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"Everyone with an interest in this issue, not only journalists, has a responsibility to avoid playing on people's fears and uncertainties, to eliminate the language of confrontation and hostility and to encourage national dialogues on how to meet ...

Media Development in the Digital Age: Five Ways to Engage in Internet Governance
March 23, 2017

Media Development in the Digital Age: Five Ways to Engage in Internet Governance

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"This report makes the case to this community that they can, and must, engage in the decision-making bodies that are shaping Internet governance (IG) to ensure that the Internet - and the growing media sphere it sustains - remains open, ...

Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America
March 22, 2017

Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America

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"Why is participation in policy-making normatively desirable? How do citizens make policy-making better? What difference does it make if citizens take part in public debate, parliamentary discussions and procedures, and policy implementation and ...

Guide to Reporting Civic Space: Media Toolkit
March 22, 2017

Guide to Reporting Civic Space: Media Toolkit

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This toolkit is designed to inform the media about the importance of civic space, and how the media can play a more effective role in protecting it. It defines what civic space is, the threats and challenges it faces, and the work being done ...

March 8, 2017

Advancing Communication and Media for Development - Consultation - Middle ...

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Many best wishes and much support for your very important work. UNICEF (Through Rafael Obregon, Chief, C4D), The Communication Initiative and other organisations are working togther to develop a possible global mechanism to help advance the ...

Middle East and Northern Africa Network
March 7, 2017

Middle East and Northern Africa Network

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The space for people and organisations active on communication and media development in the Middle East and North Africa

March 6, 2017

Advancing Communication and Media for Development - Consultation - East and ...

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To: Soul Beat Africa Network Re: Consultation: Global Mechanism for Communication, Media, Social and Behaviour Change

March 6, 2017

Consultation: Advancing Communication and Media Development and SBCC

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Many best wishes. The Communication Initiative and UNICEF New York (Rafael Obregon, Chief of Communication for Development leading) are workng to assess the potential added value of a new global mechanism to advance further the communication and ...

The Best Defense: Threats to Journalists' Safety Demand Fresh Approach
February 27, 2017

The Best Defense: Threats to Journalists' Safety Demand Fresh Approach

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"Much work remains to be done to improve the security of journalists in the face of unprecedented threats, including the spread of violent non-state actors, the shrinking rule of law, resurgent authoritarianism, and an industry shift toward ...

A Manual for Investigative Journalism: How to Become a Mouthpiece for the People
February 23, 2017

A Manual for Investigative Journalism: How to Become a Mouthpiece for the People

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Editors: Gwen Ansell (2010), Syed Nazakat (2016) Publisher: Global Media Programme This manual, also referred to as the Investigative Journalism Manual (IJM), is designed to equip journalists with core investigative reporting skills and to ...

Inspiring Political Participation
February 22, 2017

Inspiring Political Participation

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"[A]ll these programmes sought to increase participation and accountability; reaching people that other media tend to ignore, getting them talking about politics and supporting them to influence decisions on the issues that affect their ...

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