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Klima 101: A Climate Change Guidebook for Philippine Journalists
January 24, 2017

Klima 101: A Climate Change Guidebook for Philippine Journalists

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"Aside from being a source of timely information and a vehicle of social engagement and mobilization, the media serve to amplify the voice of the people, articulating climate change issues and concerns that can help influence and mobilize ...

Media Feast, News Famine: Ten Global Advertising Trends that Threaten Independent Journalism
January 24, 2017

Media Feast, News Famine: Ten Global Advertising Trends that Threaten ...

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"[I]t is imperative that the media development community take the lead in helping its partners become more effective in the digital space, with priority placed on mobile." This report from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at ...

Millennials vs Baby boomers, brechas digitales e información
January 20, 2017

Millennials vs Baby boomers, brechas digitales e información

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Por: Soraya Carvajal B. ¿Se interesan los Millennials por la política?, ¿Cómo se informan?, ¿Qué relación tienen con los medios de comunicación?, ¿cómo se adaptarán los Millennials a la empresa?, ¿Qué tipo de aspiraciones tienen?, ¿Quieren ...

Media and Information Literacy: A Human Rights-based Approach in Developing Countries
January 19, 2017

Media and Information Literacy: A Human Rights-based Approach in Developing ...

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"Media and information literacy (MIL) is linked to access to information, free expression and education." This discussion paper from DW Akademie defines media and information literacy (MIL) through a rights-based approach and examines, in ...

Ethics in the News
January 17, 2017

Ethics in the News

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"After a year of unprecedented news-making, media around the world are stepping back to ask a pertinent question - what is the future of ethical journalism in an age when it appears that the public around the world are falling out with facts, ...

End News Media Sexism
January 13, 2017

End News Media Sexism

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"A campaign to remind news media of their responsibility to uphold professional ethics on fair coverage, balance, accuracy and non-discrimination." With an eye to ending news media sexism by 2020, the World Association for Christian ...

Data Journalism Awards 2017
January 12, 2017

Data Journalism Awards 2017

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Started in 2012, the Data Journalism Awards (DJA) seek to highlight, and reward, outstanding work in data journalism worldwide. The competition seeks to celebrate examples of data-driven investigations, data-driven applications, and storytelling ...

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development - Special Digital Focus 2015
January 11, 2017

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development - Special ...

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"The trends identified in this report shed light on the shifting landscape of opportunities and challenges for freedom and expression and media development, particularly those brought about by digital technologies. Through such sharing of ...

Changing Media Landscapes in Transitional Countries - Handbook on Mapping Media Landscapes
January 11, 2017

Changing Media Landscapes in Transitional Countries - Handbook on Mapping ...

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"Media landscapes in countries undergoing transition often change radically and just as often there is no solid knowledge about these changes. This means that the different stakeholders in the media and civil society navigate in unknown ...

Supporting Safety of Journalists in Nepal
January 3, 2017

Supporting Safety of Journalists in Nepal

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"Societies rely upon public interest journalism for their supply of current information and knowledge. This is why UNESCO gives special attention to press freedom, which is based on the universal human right to free expression. To be meaningful, ...

Going global with Facebook Live
December 24, 2016

Going global with Facebook Live

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Bidhya Chapagain on December 22 2016 2016 - Hundreds of thousands of people across the world joined our first two Facebook Lives from Nepal, grabbing the opportunity to question an inspiring group ...

Afghanistan: an intense year for local radio
December 23, 2016

Afghanistan: an intense year for local radio

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Mukhtar Yadgar, Project Officer, Afghanistan, on December 15 2016 - Security threats against journalists and financial pressure are just two of the challenges facing local radio in Afghanistan. ...

Six forgotten female stories which now 'exist' on Wikipedia
December 15, 2016

Six forgotten female stories which now 'exist' on Wikipedia

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sam Waterton, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, on December 9 2016 - Just 17% of profiles on Wikipedia are women. And even fewer exist in languages other than English. BBC Media Action teams in ...

Health Reporting and Lessons from the Polio Campaign in Ukraine
December 14, 2016

Health Reporting and Lessons from the Polio Campaign in Ukraine

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Five journalist workshops and one media conference on Polio Vaccination, Lessons From the Polio Campaign in Ukraine and Other Health Issues of Public Concern were held in Kyiv, Cherkasy, Odessa, and Svyatohirsk (Donetsk region), Ukraine, between ...

Media Guide for Responsible Reporting on Mental Health
December 9, 2016

Media Guide for Responsible Reporting on Mental Health

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This guide is designed to empower the media in South Africa to help dispel the many negative beliefs that surround mental health. As stated in the guide: “Stigma and discrimination against people with mental disorders or disability is still ...

UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom
December 8, 2016

UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom

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This series of publications on internet freedom seeks to explore the changing legal and policy issues related to the internet. Specifically, the series intends to "capture the complex dynamics of global Internet governance and present the key ...

Gaza Strip: communication saves lives
December 7, 2016

Gaza Strip: communication saves lives

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Mohammed Abu Asaker Humanitarian Liaison, Palestinian Territories, on November 25 2016 - Mohammed Abu Asaker’s neighborhood in the Gaza Strip was bombed in 2009. His personal experience is helping ...

Design Research for Media Development: A Guide for Practitioners
December 7, 2016

Design Research for Media Development: A Guide for Practitioners

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"Design research is useful whether you are designing an iPhone in Palo Alto or a media development program in Pakistan. But for projects like the latter - whose designers often come from vastly different backgrounds than their users, and where ...

 Generating real-time citizen data to identify socio-economic & political trends in East Africa
December 5, 2016

Generating real-time citizen data to identify socio-economic & political ...

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Across the globe, tech-based opportunities to gather and leverage information have led many organisations to change how they make decisions; they rely less on speculation and intuition and far more on data. In East Africa, a small start-up called ...

Conflict Reporting in the Smartphone Era - from Budget Constraints to Information Warfare
December 2, 2016

Conflict Reporting in the Smartphone Era - from Budget Constraints to ...

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Published by the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), this book was inspired by the results of an international KAS conference in Sofia in 2015 that brought journalists from South East Europe, Germany, and ...

Using Media Freedom Indices in Media Development: How the Different Information Tools Can Be Used
December 2, 2016

Using Media Freedom Indices in Media Development: How the Different ...

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"Media freedom rankings reveal much about the state of the media around the world. That makes them popular with media development organizations and donors needing to decide where to invest their resources. But this entails knowing what kind of ...

Media Freedom Indices: What They Tell Us - And What They Don't
December 2, 2016

Media Freedom Indices: What They Tell Us - And What They Don't

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"While press freedom rankings determine national and international media policies, it is not always clear as to how objective these rankings really are."

Research Briefing: Can Media Affect Political Participation?
November 17, 2016

Research Briefing: Can Media Affect Political Participation?

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"This briefing, based on quantitative data from seven countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Myanmar, Tanzania and Sierra Leone), outlines the links between watching and listening to governance programmes and political participation, as ...

What are the Barriers to Community Involvement in Local Level Disaster Preparedness Measures in Bangladesh?
November 17, 2016

What are the Barriers to Community Involvement in Local Level Disaster ...

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"Amrai Pari (Together We Can Do It)...a reality TV programme...visits communities in the areas of the country most susceptible to environmental hazards and challenges them to work together with their neighbours and local traders to make their ...

Manual for Radio Journalists
November 17, 2016

Manual for Radio Journalists

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This manual for radio journalists is designed to support journalists and media practitioners in producing radio programming in the following formats: The News Writing for Radio The Report with Clips The Interview The Vox Pop The Mini Feature The ...

LEARNO.NET: Professional Video Training by EJC
November 16, 2016

LEARNO.NET: Professional Video Training by EJC

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LEARNO.NET is an online learning platform launched in December 2015 by the European Journalism Centre (EJC). Designed especially for journalists and journalism students, LEARNO.NET also serves bloggers, advocacy groups, media entrepreneurs, and ...

What are the challenges facing young people in East Africa?
November 16, 2016

What are the challenges facing young people in East Africa?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Alasdair Stuart on November 3 2016 - Alasdair Stuart shares the challenges faced by young people in Tanzania, Somalia and Kenya and outlines how they themselves think the media can ...

In the Service of the Public - Functions and Transformation of Media in Developing Countries
November 15, 2016

In the Service of the Public - Functions and Transformation of Media in ...

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"The transformation of state broadcasters to public service media (PSM) is one of the most ambitious endeavors in the field of media development. It is an enormous task to work with state broadcasters that are controlled by the government and ...

November 14, 2016

NEW: What keeps you up at night with worry about your work?

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Why is it so difficult for others to understand the value of what I do? Are we making a long-term difference? Where will the money come from? On no, not another strategic review or organisational ...

Hate-Speech: A Five-Point Test for Journalists
November 9, 2016

Hate-Speech: A Five-Point Test for Journalists

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"Whenever media are manipulated by politicians and others in defence of country, culture, religion and race, they have the potential to do harm. Even the best journalists can sometimes, inadvertently, do damage when they report controversial ...

Media and Political Participation: Fostering Inclusive Governance
November 9, 2016

Media and Political Participation: Fostering Inclusive Governance

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"Accountability is enhanced when citizens play an active role in making demands and when officials are expected to respond to those demands with satisfactory answers and actions." This research on BBC Media Action's governance programmes for ...

Media Development and Countering Violent Extremism: An Uneasy Relationship, a Need for Dialogue
October 31, 2016

Media Development and Countering Violent Extremism: An Uneasy Relationship, ...

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"The potential pitfalls of a focus on counter-narrative objectives are significant for journalism and for the development of media independence. But there is some scope for dialogue and some need for greater mutual understanding, as highlighted ...

Working with News and Social Media to Prevent Violence against Women and Their Children: A Strategic Framework for Victoria
October 26, 2016

Working with News and Social Media to Prevent Violence against Women and ...

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...a map of the approaches required and a supporting tool to align and encourage informed and critical engagement with news and social media on VAW [violence against women]..." This Framework reflects the experience of Melbourne, Australia's ...

The Potential and Reality of Data Journalism in Developing Media Markets
October 24, 2016

The Potential and Reality of Data Journalism in Developing Media Markets

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"In the rush to embrace the open government and open data movement, donors have favored activities like boot camps, hackathons and conferences seem to promise a quick and sexy route to instilling data journalism skills. Yet these approaches make ...

We need more media coverage of disaster prevention
October 20, 2016

We need more media coverage of disaster prevention

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Author: Marcus Oxley, October 20 2016 - Marking International Day for Disaster Reduction, Marcus Oxley argues that we need more media coverage of disasters before – rather than after – they happen. This would make prevention more of a priority, ...

Media Development in Regions of Conflict, Transitional Countries, and Closed Societies
October 18, 2016

Media Development in Regions of Conflict, Transitional Countries, and Closed ...

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"Media development actors need to have a clear and coordinated strategy on how to support a free and pluralistic media landscape in a fragile state. They need to assess local needs and work closely with all stakeholders....[T]hose in power and ...

The Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods Strands in Media Development
October 18, 2016

The Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods Strands in Media Development

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"Donors are often interested in strengthening the media as a way of speeding up governance reform. An alternative approach is to focus on the communication needs of the poor, argues scholar Linje Manyozo."

Constraints and Opportunities: What Role for Media Development in the Countering Violent Extremism Agenda?
October 14, 2016

Constraints and Opportunities: What Role for Media Development in the ...

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"It is imperative that there is consideration of the linkage of media and media development and what role they may play in the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism." International Media Support (IMS) reminds us that media ...

An independent Nepali media has never been more needed
October 10, 2016

An independent Nepali media has never been more needed

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Author: Kiran Bhandari, Dipak Bhattarai and James Deane, October 10 2016 - Nepal’s media has played a pivotal role in the country’s democratic transition but how successful has it been at fighting corruption and boosting accountability? Nepal ...

"I will be there even if my bodyguards refuse to accompany me."
October 10, 2016

"I will be there even if my bodyguards refuse to accompany me."

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Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi, October 10 2016 - Scores of people were killed or injured early last month when twin bomb blasts hit Kabul and armed assailants attacked the buildings housing an international charity. We were due to record an ...

Reporting on Violence against Women: A Case Study of Select News Media in Seven Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean
October 5, 2016

Reporting on Violence against Women: A Case Study of Select News Media in ...

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"As news media actors select, articulate, and disseminate information, they are implicated in the public discourse that informs social beliefs and behaviors. It is therefore essential that news media actors be sensitized to this issue in a way ...

Accountability, nation and society: the role of media in remaking Nepal
October 4, 2016

Accountability, nation and society: the role of media in remaking Nepal

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"This briefing is written principally for the international community that wants to understand the current reality of governance in Nepal and the role of media in it." This BBC Media Action policy briefing describes the role of media in 21st ...

Participatory communication through community radio
October 2, 2016

Participatory communication through community radio

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Author: Anele Herbet Dube, October 3 2016 - One of the key challenges facing Civil Society Organisations (CSO) in Zimbabwe has more to do with programming rather than funding or diminishing funding opportunities. In my more than 5 years ...

Strengthening Independent Media in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Performance Evaluation of USAID Strengthening Independent Media (SIM) Activity
September 30, 2016

Strengthening Independent Media in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Performance ...

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This performance evaluation examined the results of the 5-year media assistance programme Strengthening Independent Media (SIM) in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) and the effects of the programme on BiH's overall media landscape. Launched in October ...

I have 140 friends, and I speak to them nearly every day
September 29, 2016

I have 140 friends, and I speak to them nearly every day

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Chukwura, September 28 2016 - Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, I had a pen pal far away in Nice, France. I was always excited to receive letters from her – I remember we bonded over photos of our home towns and ...

What big international development events are still to come in 2016?
September 29, 2016

What big international development events are still to come in 2016?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Melanie Archer, September 29 2016 - 2016 has been a busy year so far. The World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul while the British Government hosted a major anti-corruption conference. But the year’s not over ...

An Overview of the Current Challenges to the Safety and Protection of Journalists
September 26, 2016

An Overview of the Current Challenges to the Safety and Protection of ...

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The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) produced this high-level overview report on the status of journalist safety, which seeks to increase the understanding of media leaders about the threats inherent in the practice of journalism ...

People-Powered Media Innovation in West Africa: Accelerating Development and Good Governance in the New Media Landscape
September 23, 2016

People-Powered Media Innovation in West Africa: Accelerating Development and ...

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“Innovations in new and social media have opened up new possibilities for how we understand and contribute to the world around us. Embracing these channels, citizens in West Africa have won historic victories, both in major elections and in ...

Will the World Development Report miss out the media's role in public dialogue?
September 21, 2016

Will the World Development Report miss out the media's role in public dialogue?

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Author: Will Taylor, September 21 2016 - Will Taylor reviews the ‘green cover’ draft of the World Development Report, which puts a spotlight on the media but could do more to lay out how to support inclusive public dialogue at scale. Induced ...

Mexican Journalism, Still in the Line of Fire
September 20, 2016

Mexican Journalism, Still in the Line of Fire

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"Journalists in Mexico should not give up on the idea of forming a common front against the violence, something that international organizations should also support."

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