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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."

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 ...

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 ...

A Syrian Drama
April 20, 2017

A Syrian Drama

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Author: BBC Media Action's Executive Director Caroline Nursey, originally post on March 15 2017 - On the sixth anniversary of the Syrian war, Caroline Nursey, our Executive Director explores how a radio drama is helping bring communities ...

Sierra Leone: standing up to crime through radio
April 20, 2017

Sierra Leone: standing up to crime through radio

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Author: BBC Media Action's Eastina Massaquoi, originally posted on March 24 2017 -  How a Comic Relief funded radio programme is helping inspire young people through discussion and positive role models in Sierra Leone. I was walking along ...

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 ...

We need more female journalists in Nepal
April 18, 2017

We need more female journalists in Nepal

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Author: BBC Media Action's Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted on March 3 2017 - Bidhya Chapagain sits in the centre of the studio surrounded by a cluster of bright lights, cables and cameras. She is preparing for an episode of Sajha Sawal, our ...

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 ...

GLAAD Media Reference Guide - 10th Edition
April 11, 2017

GLAAD Media Reference Guide - 10th Edition

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GLAAD's Media Reference Guide is intended to be used by journalists reporting for mainstream media outlets and by creators in entertainment media who want to tell the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people fairly ...

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 ...

Fight against Albino killing: Outreach Scout Foundation
April 8, 2017

Fight against Albino killing: Outreach Scout Foundation

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Author: Outreach Scout Foundation's Amon Lukhele, on April 25 2017 - In Malawi, persons with Albinism are facing challenges of life. Everyday/month we hear stories regarding the killing of persons with Albinism. Politicians, including 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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

"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 ...

Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century Oil, or just a plain old thermometer
March 7, 2017

Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century Oil, or just a plain old thermometer

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Author: Ian Masters, originally posted March 6 2017 - Part 1 Development has seen a number of “silver bullets” since the middle of the last century and it’s tempting to place Big Data as the latest and greatest solution to the development ...

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 ...

Power Is Everywhere: How Stakeholder-Driven Media Build the Future of Watchdog News
February 21, 2017

Power Is Everywhere: How Stakeholder-Driven Media Build the Future of ...

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"...it is quite clear that stakeholder watchdogs are creating a new social practice base, a set of shared skills and attitudes, for investigative reporting in future decades."

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 ...

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