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A Bigger Splash - Partnering for Impact: Lessons from BBC Media Action's Work to Improve Maternal and Child Health
March 23, 2017

A Bigger Splash - Partnering for Impact: Lessons from BBC Media Action's ...

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"By working with governmental and non-governmental partners, BBC Media Action's content was able to go beyond mass media to reach those without access, spark discussion and deepen the impact of work to improve reproductive, maternal and newborn ...

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 ...

"Governance and Accountability: What Role for Media?" - Panel Discussion
March 10, 2017

"Governance and Accountability: What Role for Media?" - Panel Discussion

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"Politics is made of people. We need to be able to question our leaders so that we can hold them to account. How can media play a role in helping people improve governance and accountability?" This event, held at London, United Kingdom (UK)'s ...

How can media inspire accountability and political participation? Findings from massive BBC programme
March 10, 2017

How can media inspire accountability and political participation? Findings ...

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Author: Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Advisor, Oxfam GB on March 1 2017 - A recurring pattern: I get invited to join a conversation with a bunch of specialists on a particular issue (eg market systems). Cue panic and some quick skim-reading of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Global Shining Light Award
February 21, 2017

Global Shining Light Award

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"More and more journalists are being killed, and media outlets attacked, because they are carrying out important efforts in investigative journalism - exposing uncomfortable truths, shining light on systematic corruption, and providing ...

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."

 World Radio Day: still relevant in a digital age
February 18, 2017

World Radio Day: still relevant in a digital age

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Melanie Archer, on February 13 2017 - To mark World Radio Day, Melanie Archer reviews how radio can be a force for inclusion in a changing world, although it is vulnerable to getting co-opted for ideological ...

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. "

Radio has never been more necessary
February 13, 2017

Radio has never been more necessary

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Nursey, on February 10 2017 - On World Radio Day, Caroline Nursey, BBC Media Action’s Executive Director discusses the ongoing importance of radio in a fast-changing digital world.  As the digital media ...

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible
February 9, 2017

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Mahmuda Hoque, on February 6 2017 - Bangladesh-based researcher Mahmuda Hoque explains how her team created a story about “Maya”, a 19-year-old mother, to help bring their findings about antenatal preparations ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Nepal: Reconstruction through radio
January 13, 2017

Nepal: Reconstruction through radio

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Pratibha Tuladhar on January 11 2017 - Timorous rays of winter sun fall on the potato fields of Nuwakot, a district in central Nepal still recovering from the impact of the 2015 earthquakes. The ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 - ...

Addressing violence against women and girls in Zambia through a community health systems strengthening initiative
January 9, 2017

Addressing violence against women and girls in Zambia through a community ...

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Author: Cathy Green, Technical Lead, Community Health Systems, Health Partners International, January 9, 2017 - The elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls is a key priority of the United Nations Sustainable ...

Radio Mewat
January 5, 2017

Radio Mewat

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Radio Mewat is a community radio station (FM 90.4) located in Mewat, one of India's most disadvantaged and isolated districts in the state of Haryana. Radio Mewat seeks to give voice to the voiceless - in particular, by sharing information and ...

Top five blogs of 2016
December 26, 2016

Top five blogs of 2016

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Melanie Archer, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, December 23 2016 - Our most popular blogs of the year, featuring: discussion of alternatives to counter-propaganda, tips for successful ...

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. ...

A dramatic end to violence against women?
December 15, 2016

A dramatic end to violence against women?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Josephine Casserly, Governance and Rights Adviser on December 7 2016 - In the UK and South Africa, two dramas illustrate how stories can help people better understand gender-based ...

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 ...

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 ...

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."

Five tips for success in health communication
December 1, 2016

Five tips for success in health communication

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Caroline Sugg, November 15 2016 - “Without strong communication, we are not going to achieve global health goals.” (Professor Peter Piot, London School of Hygiene and Tropical ...

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 ...

Getting the Words Right: A Gender Sensitive Language Guide for the Sri Lanka Media
November 30, 2016

Getting the Words Right: A Gender Sensitive Language Guide for the Sri Lanka ...

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"As journalists, we need to understand the connection between our language use and our social reality. Because it is also sensible and professional to do so. If we use language that seeks to 'negate' or 'erase' women from language, it invariably ...

What Role Does Lifeline Preparedness Play in Enabling Effective Communication in a Crisis? Case Studies from Myanmar and Nepal
November 28, 2016

What Role Does Lifeline Preparedness Play in Enabling Effective ...

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"[A]ll too often, coordination of communication is a challenge in a crisis. The media doesn't traditionally work in partnership with aid workers and the government; they actually often mistrust each other, as the media usually plays an important ...

Celebrate 27th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Universal Children's Day and Every Day
November 23, 2016

Celebrate 27th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on ...

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Author: Jacques Brodeur, November 23 2016 - Edupax seizes the opportunity of the 27th anniversary of the Convention to remind readers about various and important benefits of protecting children from material injurious to their health and ...

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 ...

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