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Reporting on Gender-Based Violence - A Guide for Journalists and Editors
December 1, 2017

Reporting on Gender-Based Violence - A Guide for Journalists and Editors

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Created by Sonke Gender Justice in collaboration with Health-E News, this guide is designed to provide journalists and editors in South Africa with guidance on how to report on issues of gender-based violence (GBV) in a sensitive, respectful, and ...

Don't Shoot the Messenger! Journalists as Human Rights Defenders in the East and Horn of Africa
November 8, 2017

Don't Shoot the Messenger! Journalists as Human Rights Defenders in the East ...

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”…amid growing restrictions on civic space in the sub-region, journalists play a critical role in exposing human rights violations and providing vital information and analysis of current events. Simply documenting and sharing information can ...

Community Media Sustainability Policy Series
September 19, 2017

Community Media Sustainability Policy Series

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“Community broadcasters are a crucial part of a healthy, pluralistic media sector. They are independent and not-for-profit, and are governed by and in service to the community they represent.”

In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy
September 14, 2017

In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy

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"As long as capture exists, and it usually exists in one form or another, then the media are not truly free." - Anya Schiffrin

Radio Distribution Module
September 11, 2017

Radio Distribution Module

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“Why is it important for people to have a radio, even if they may have access to other forms of media? What do they choose to listen to, and how does this information affect their daily lives? How do you design a radio distribution to maximize ...

Media Brief on Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) in Zambia
September 7, 2017

Media Brief on Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) in Zambia

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This media brief is designed to provide media practitioners in Zambia with detailed background information and knowledge on community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) and environmental natural resources management issues (ENRM) in an ...

Seventeen Ways to End FGM/C
August 21, 2017

Seventeen Ways to End FGM/C

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The 2016 Annual Report for the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting provides two perspectives: The main document analyses progress in quantitative terms, offering profiles of each of the 17 programme countries. A ...

Sponsorship Package - SUMMIT: What Works?
August 21, 2017

Sponsorship Package - SUMMIT: What Works?

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Social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) engages and supports people to shift norms, change behaviours, and amplify the voices needed to address development challenges such as extreme poverty, gender inequities, public health emergencies, ...

Wi Di Pipul (We The People) Radio Programme
August 16, 2017

Wi Di Pipul (We The People) Radio Programme

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Wi Di Pipul is a radio show that focuses on Sierra Leone’s health, education, and social care sector - reporting problems, as well as discussing and sharing solutions. Produced by BBC Media Action in Sierra Leone, the magazine format programme is ...

Why We Use Media for Development: BBC Media Action Microsite for Development and Media Practitioners
August 1, 2017

Why We Use Media for Development: BBC Media Action Microsite for Development ...

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This BBC Media Action micro website "...outlines our approach to media for development projects and uses examples of our work around the world to show how media is vital in enabling people hold power to account, improving public health and ...

The Inherent Danger of Hate Speech Legislation - A Case Study from Rwanda and Kenya  on the Failure of a Preventative Measure
July 13, 2017

The Inherent Danger of Hate Speech Legislation - A Case Study from Rwanda ...

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“FoE (Freedom of Expression) is one of the most fundamental human rights. Nevertheless, a fierce debate exists on the necessity to restrict some types of speech.”

Improving Maternal and Child Health through Media in South Sudan
June 21, 2017

Improving Maternal and Child Health through Media in South Sudan

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"Since 2012, BBC Media Action has been funded by DFID to produce a range of programmes and deliver capacity-strengthening activities aiming to support improved reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH) in South Sudan. This report ...

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 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 ...

Media Engagement and Capacity-Building to Increase Commitment to IYCF Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned from Alive & Thrive
May 17, 2017

Media Engagement and Capacity-Building to Increase Commitment to IYCF ...

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"From 2010-2014, Alive & Thrive worked in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam to reduce undernutrition and death caused by sub-optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices.... The initiative’s work includes a community component ...

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."

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 ...

Covering Sexual and Gender Minorities & Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa - A Reporting Guide for Journalists
April 11, 2017

Covering Sexual and Gender Minorities & Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa - A ...

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This reporting guide is designed to help journalists report ethically and sensitively on issues related to sexual and gender minorities and religion in order to improve coverage of these issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. As explained in the guide: ...

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 ...

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 ...

Same Beds, Different Dreams? Charitable Foundations and Newsroom Independence in the Global South
March 22, 2017

Same Beds, Different Dreams? Charitable Foundations and Newsroom ...

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“Private charities, a new generation of which have recently emanated from Silicon Valley enterprises, are increasingly directing their funding towards media organizations as a way to achieve their philanthropic goals. Media houses, in need of ...

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 ...

A Handbook on Reporting Terrorism
February 22, 2017

A Handbook on Reporting Terrorism

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This guidebook is a tool for Kenyan media professionals who are reporting on issues of terrorism, and who seek to counter violent extremism. As explained in the report, “Kenya has suffered its fair share of terror related attacks including the ...

Doing Debate Differently: Media and Accountability
February 21, 2017

Doing Debate Differently: Media and Accountability

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"Media’s role in shaping public dialogue can help to bridge the gap between information provision and political action, developing more inclusive and effective patterns of interaction between state and society. Supporting people from across ...

Road Safety Mass Media Campaigns: A Toolkit, Plus a Video Library
February 20, 2017

Road Safety Mass Media Campaigns: A Toolkit, Plus a Video Library

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"Road user behaviour can be improved by road safety campaigns, which in combination with behavioural measures (e.g., law enforcement, education or training), can become a powerful way to persuade the public to behave more safely in traffic."

Reporting on Road Safety: A Guide for Journalists
February 13, 2017

Reporting on Road Safety: A Guide for Journalists

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"This guide is the result of four years of investment working with media on road safety in ten countries. "

Exploring the Potential for Interactive Radio to Improve Accountability and Responsiveness to Small-scale Farmers in Tanzania
February 7, 2017

Exploring the Potential for Interactive Radio to Improve Accountability and ...

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“Many Communication for Development (C4D) initiatives aimed at reaching remote or rural audiences use radio and mobile technologies to ensure that small-scale farmers have the information they need when they need it. However, few look at the ...

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 ...

Final Project Report: Her Farm Radio in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda
October 11, 2017

Final Project Report: Her Farm Radio in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda

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“Women carry out a substantial and growing part of the work on family farms and represent 43 per cent of the global agricultural workforce....For women to have more meaningful contributions to farm management and decision-making, they must have ...

Time to Talk: Comprehensive Sexuality Education - A Toolkit for Faith-based Journalists and Media Houses
August 28, 2017

Time to Talk: Comprehensive Sexuality Education - A Toolkit for Faith-based ...

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“Children face confusing and often inaccurate information about sex and sexuality. Despite the need for clarity and guidance, there is still a resounding silence on sexuality in homes, schools and communities.” This toolkit is designed to assist ...

Climate Change and Community Radio Project
August 3, 2017

Climate Change and Community Radio Project

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Communities in rural areas are often most affected by the impacts of climate change, and this is compounded by the absence of accurate and timely information in languages of the area. To address this, Developing Radio Partners (DRP) is working ...

Radio and Nutrition Project in Mozambique
July 25, 2017

Radio and Nutrition Project in Mozambique

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Development Media International (DMI) is running a radio capacity strengthening project in Mozambique, which will help community radio stations to design and run behaviour change campaigns to improve outcomes related mainly to maternal and child ...

Mozambique Media Strengthening Program (MSP)
July 12, 2017

Mozambique Media Strengthening Program (MSP)

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The Mozambique Media Strengthening Program (MSP) seeks to support the professionalisation of journalists and empowerment of independent media in Mozambique, working both with individual journalists and media organisations in the capital, Maputo, ...

Covering The Seas - An Issue Guide
May 16, 2017

Covering The Seas - An Issue Guide

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This issue guide was published by the Earth Journalism Network to assist reporters in reporting on oceans and fisheries issues. The guide takes an in-depth look at the state of the fisheries industry, the rapidly growing aquaculture business, the ...

Listening In: An Internews Assessment of Community Radio in Tanzania
April 28, 2017

Listening In: An Internews Assessment of Community Radio in Tanzania

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“Internews believes that information is a root solution to myriad development challenges. Markets do not work efficiently or justly without shared information. Governance cannot improve without transparent information sharing and accountable ...

BRACED Gender and Resilience Toolkit
February 14, 2017

BRACED Gender and Resilience Toolkit

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This toolkit consists of a set of three participatory tools that are designed to be used to ensure that programmes to build resilience and adaptation to climate extremes and disasters are taking gender issues into account. The activity tools - ...

Dimitra Clubs: A Unique Approach
December 12, 2016

Dimitra Clubs: A Unique Approach

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“Over 1500 Dimitra Clubs exist in sub-Saharan Africa today, involving about 50.000 women and men”.

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 ...

Best Practices in Peacebuilding in South Sudan
December 8, 2016

Best Practices in Peacebuilding in South Sudan

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“South Sudan is the world’s youngest nation and one of the poorest on Earth. After two long years of civil war, tens of thousands of victims, and almost two million people displaced, a fragile peace took hold in the country in 2015, though ...

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."

What Your Audience Needs to Know in an Emergency: Life-saving Information - Topic-by-Topic Guides to Core Humanitarian Issues
December 1, 2016

What Your Audience Needs to Know in an Emergency: Life-saving Information - ...

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These guides are intended for media professionals working to help audiences affected by humanitarian crises. They give a brief overview of common humanitarian issues in emergencies, which are designed to help the media understand: the kinds of ...

Lifeline Production Manual: A Guide on How to Make Programming for People Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies
November 30, 2016

Lifeline Production Manual: A Guide on How to Make Programming for People ...

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"...by doing Lifeline programming, media can play a role in bringing communities together, connecting affected people to each other and to aid workers and leaders. This can enable survivors to hold relief agencies to account, and also to ...

Ebola Risk Communication Project in Liberia: Lessons in Crisis	Communication
November 22, 2016

Ebola Risk Communication Project in Liberia: Lessons in Crisis Communication

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“The Ebola outbreak experience that Liberia underwent in 2014 and 2015 provides important public health and crisis communication lessons that can inform responses to future crises...Hence, it is critical to describe and learn from the Ebola ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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."

Seeing Is Believing: Evidence from a Community Video Approach for Nutrition and Hygiene Behaviors
October 18, 2016

Seeing Is Believing: Evidence from a Community Video Approach for Nutrition ...

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"The use of video as a SBCC medium offers several advantages when working in rural communities, such as more standardized content with fewer inconsistencies across educators and high receptivity and understanding among low-literacy ...

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