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Citizen Journalism

Communication Strategies: 

The project was created to increase CSOs' use of and interaction with various forms of media to help them maximise their communication strategies and reach. This includes:

 

  • improving capacity of selected African CSOs, including community media organisations, to use media tools effectively and in a journalistically sound manner;
  • increasing collaborative networking, learning, and knowledge sharing between participants and training partners on the regional and the country level - facilitating improved access to and higher quality of media contributions; and
  • increasing presence of and access to diverse and journalistically sound content on the situation of women and other marginalised groups in the media of the countries involved.

 

 

The strategy of the project includes the following:

 

  • Build the capacity of two forerunner organisations in each country to act as a country learning hub, or in other words – the country focal point. These organisations are the focal points for 15 participating organisations in their countries. The vision behind this is that with the creation of a firm training and knowledge sharing base and network in a country, stronger organisations can act as a catalyst for weaker organisations.
  • Provide, encourage and facilitate pro-active online learning activities. The project will have its own e-learning platform.
  • Encourage writing up of experiences, as well as dissemination and sharing of information and news.
  • Encourage peer-to-peer review and on-the-job learning.

 

The project began with a four-day launch workshop with twelve CSOs from the six countries who met and engaged in a debate and planning sessions regarding the implementation of the project. Participants were provided with an opportunity to share their experiences of the media environment they operate within. The participants were also tasked with identifying challenges which could possibly hinder the implementation process such as compromised bandwidth, stringent censorship measures etc, along with highlighting areas of opportunities that could be exploited in order to maximise the delivery of information.

 

The workshop relied on a peer-to-peer exchange of information. After the workshop, training sessions for the selected country focal points (CFPs) are planned to help cascade their learning to their surrounding constituencies, as well as provide technical support to the CSOs and community media organisations.

Development Issues: 

Democracy, Participatory Communication, and Governance.

Key Points: 

SANGONeT is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) involved in the field of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and serves civil society with a wide range of ICT products and services.

 

Hivos is a Dutch NGO inspired by humanist values. Together with local organisations in developing countries, Hivos seeks to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world in which citizens - women and men - have equal access to the resources and opportunities for their development.

Partner Text: 

European Union.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Kabissa Website, WOUGNET website, November 3 2007; and email from Noma Rangana to The Communication Initiative, April 11 2008.

My Corruption-Free Africa Writing and Photography Competition

Launched in December 2014 by Corruption Watch, this Pan-African writing and photographic competition is running under the theme, "My Corruption Free Africa". The contest is open to African youth between the ages of 16 and 30. Prizes are being offered in the two categories of photography and writing (fiction or non-fiction). The first prize in each category is US$1000, while the first runner-up will get US$500 and the second runner-up will get US$250.

Deadline Date
Deadline Date: 
February 27, 2015

Why Poverty? Films and Discussion Guide

Publication Date
Year: 
2012

The Why Poverty? documentary film series is comprised of eight one-hour films and thirty-four shorts originating from 28 different countries, which are designed to get people thinking and talking about poverty. "It has been said that, in this century, we have the tools and potential to overcome extreme poverty. But poverty persists, and the gap between the poor and the wealthy continues to widen. The demographics of poverty are also changing, with new poverty emerging in the North and new wealth emerging in the previously poorer South.

Publisher: 
Cost: 
Free to download.
Languages: 

Film are available to download in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian.

Number of Pages: 

103 pages (Facilitator's Guide)

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Why Poverty? website on November 18 2014.


The Power of Talk: Media and Accountability in Three African Countries

Subtitle: 
Policy Briefing #12
Author: 
Rebecca Stringer
Publication Date
October 1, 2014

This 24-page policy brief draws on BBC Media Action’s experience of delivering the five-year media support project "A National Conversation" in Angola, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. The project worked with media organisations to encourage improved transparency, accountability, and participation.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

BBC Media Action website on November 20 2014.

Accountable Leadership and Sustainability in Africa: Religion, Democracy and Civil Society (Apr 21-24 2014)

Date: 
Apr 21 2014 - Apr 24 2014

This 4-day conference is being hosted "to interrogate the interconnectedness between religion, democracy, and civil society; its impact on accountable leadership and sustainability in Africa." Organised by the University of South Africa (UNISA), the conference will explore how and to what extent African religious traditions and spiritualties relate to and influence accountability and good governance. This will include exploring how such issues as religion, spirituality, democracy, leadership, social capital, public engagement, poverty, corruption, and transparency are all interconnected.

Power Reporting Investigative Journalism Conference 2014 (Nov 3-5 2014)

Date: 
Nov 3 2014 - Nov 5 2014

The 3-day 2014 Power Reporting Investigative Journalism Conference is designed to provide intensive training to build journalists' investigative skills such as "following the money, using data, telling stories, using a computer as a research tool, making a freedom of information request, knowing media law, finding sources, interviewing techniques, mapping or data visualisation."
The conference will feature a wide range of practical workshops, such as "reporting the mining industry; turning your local environmental problem into global news, or your news item an investigative story; how to p

Investigative Journalism Award 2014

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Deadline Date
Deadline Date: 
October 30, 2014

Media Content in the Central African Crisis: An Overview and Solutions for Further Peace-building and Governance Interventions

Author: 
Karim Benard-Dende
Publication Date
May 1, 2014

This 70-page report presents the results of media monitoring and analysis conducted to explore post-conflict media content in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), with a view to developing strategies for peacebuilding. The media monitoring research was conducted by Internews during a month-long period in April and May of 2014, as part of the Supporting Local Media to Inform Vulnerable Populations project.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Internews website on September 29 2014.

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Conflict and Peace

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Elections

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Parliaments

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Rights and Justice

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