Fojo Media Institute - Training

A little means a lot to developing media

An Nhan came rushing up to me, "Mr David, Mr David, we have done the task," she said in her broken English.
I was setting up for the first morning of a training course in Vinh, Vietnam, and participants were arriving.
I was keen to make sure the projector connected and worked, but An Nhan wasn't going to be put off.

Belarusian journalism students at swedish newsrooms

Faina Östran 2During ten days in September Faina Nakanechnaya and Grazhyna Gusik, journalist students from Belarus, was in Kalmar. The purpose was that they closely should study how Swedish journalists gain facts and materials and how it is presented in Swedish media.

Faina Nakanechnaya and Grazhyna Gusik took part in a programme in Kalmar called Internship at Swedish Editorials. It is a programme organized by Fojo, who has a cooperation with The Journalism Faculty at Belarusian State University regarding training programmes for students and teachers.

Here you can read reflections from Faina and Grazhyna about journalism.
Five main principles of journalistic work in Sweden by Grazhyna Gusik
My internship notes by Faina Nakanechnaya

Building the capacity of Vietnamese provincial broadcasters

VN Staff at DRT FotoSrensenStaff at DRT, Dak Lak carrying out audience research. Photo: Søren Østergaard SørensenNext month, managers and journalists from 20 Vietnamese provincial TV and radio stations will attend a series of innovative interactive seminars in the north and south of the country.

The sessions are designed to help managers adapt their business models in order to meet the challenges and opportunities of digital broadcasting, and to help journalists produce content that informs the public debate with robust and ethical journalism.

The events are the culmination of a three-year capacity-building project funded by the Danish international development agency, Danida, and managed by Fojo Media Institute.

Nkabazwe community radio Zimbabwe

Community Radios generate change in Zimbabwe – off air

Does this sound like a contradiction to you? Well it is and it isn't. One of Fojo's partners in Zimbabwe is ZACRAS, the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations.
Fojo started supporting ZACRAS at a crucial time, when the association was undergoing a transformation from being a relatively passive, re-active association, to becoming a pro-active advocate for communication rights.

With a firm mandate from members and board to support the Community Radio Initiatives develop into Community Radio Stations, the scene was set for ZACRAS to begin to broaden the initial top-down initiatives to become community movements. ZACRAS is a membership-based umbrella body of community radio initiatives in Zimbabwe.

Grazhyna Gusik Fojo Kalmar

Five main principles of journalistic work in Sweden

Studying journalism in Sweden makes students think about work from another angle. There are five main principles of work I learned from the internship in «Barometern», the local newspaper of Kalmar.

1) Journalists in Sweden always have discussions with colleagues. Every morning starts with a meeting in «Barometern». Journalists have their own ideas of stories they want to cover. They put them on a list and then discuss together. They do it every day.

2) They have a huge network of contacts. Friendly relationship between a journalist and an interviewee helps a lot. It's gives an opportunity to get an information not only easier but also faster. For example, I saw how reporters called politicians or sent them a message on Facebook instead of going for an interview to a government building.

3) Journalists use documents in storytelling. All journalists in Sweden have an access to an information they need. It is a big difference between Sweden and Belarus, for instance. And there is the law in Sweden which tells that everyone can get an access to all documents and mails of any organization. So reporters use this benefit.

4) They are organized and well-prepared. They don't waist time during a day, they work. They also think ahead. One of reporters had to write an article from the court. There were two possible verdicts — an offender could spend the rest of his life in prison or in hospital. The reporter wrote two stories before going to the court, called to the editorial right after judge's decision and said which one to publish. Smart!

5) Swedish journalists have strong ethics principles. A big scandal erupted in Kalmar. A 21-years old intern sexually harassed 16 small children. «Barometern» didn't publish his name because it could have a negative impact on his family.

Even though only a few countries have similar principles of work with Sweden, there are lots of things we can learn from it and actually use them in our profession.

Grazyna Huzik

Faina Nakanechnaya Fojo Kalmar

My internship notes

It is really interesting to love your profession and enjoying life. I can do this because I have chosen journalism.

I am a student of Belarusian State University, studying in Institute of Journalism on specialty of international journalism. There were two of us: Students from Belarus, who participate in Fojo Internship at Swedish editorials.

«Green» - means comfortableness. 
It is really impressing, that you can feel "like in a home" in another country far away from friends and family. Psychologies call such condition «colour mood». And here in Sweden in my imagination appeared green colour. Not only, because of forests and grass, that are much as in Belarus. This colour associated with quietness and friendliness.

Our course leader Lars Holm told about Media in Sweden and role of journalists in Media. He also taught how to make a good interview and write an article. We spoke much about ethic and ethical problem in Media. 
There are a lot of other interesting lectures. For examples, I visited the of Journalism and Media Production for discussion on Swedish Journalism education. I also visited Barometerns and Östrans local editorial in Borgholm. And, of cause, I have one week practiced as journalist in the newspaper Östran in Kalmar.

Open mind – open space. 
First that comes into my mind when I knew about open space editorial in Kalmar, that it will be really big noise here. But I am wrong: nobody is screaming or trying to interrupt colleges. That is also interesting that editorial staff make discussion meetings every day. It is different to meetings at newspapers in Belarus, where journalists speaks about new theme for articles, only one time in the week. That's because there are no everyday print media in Belarus.

More reason for surprise is that in Sweden you can just come to all the government organizations and ask them to show documents for journalist's material. In contrast to this system, in Belarus if you need some facts from government or private sources you should write request and wait for a permission.

It's elections time in Sweden! 
And there is the most interesting difference – and it is connecting with politics. When it comes to time to elect, then all types of media in Sweden are activated. I have the opportunity to observe this system on a newspaper. More than half of the materials are telling about the candidates from different parties. And all journalists can interview both before and after announcement of voting results. That night was stressful for all but, however, I am feel myself like member of the team. This experience I will remember and use in my future.

Faina Nakonechnaya


Myanmar: Social media as a newsroom tool


Myanmar SocMed 2 skuren- Social media is amazing, says Letyar Tun, executive Editor at Popular News in Yangon, Myanmar. I am not familiar with modern technologies normally, but with this I can send questions to reporters in the field, get a text back in the message box, edit it and publish it within minutes!

It's early morning on deadline day at Popular news. Like most newspapers here, it's a weekly publication trying to deliver news to its readers despite the competition with dailies. Some of the weeklies use social media, like Facebook, between distribution days but only a very few have gone all the way when it comes to using social media in the entire production.

Myanmar's New Journalism Trainers On The Road

Myanmar Eaint Chin Training Oct13It has taken only a matter of weeks for the first batch of newly qualified Journalism trainers in Myanmar to launched their first workshops.

The trainers, who attended a Training of Trainers at the Myanmar Media Library in September, have gone where they feel the need is most pressing; the regions of this vast country where for the first time in decades, ethnic minorities are allowed to write in their own language.


Festus Ndungutse
Festus Ndungutse

New student newspaper in Rwanda with support from Fojo

The first ever issue of the student newspaper Kaminuza Star has been printed! 
2000 copies arrived at School of Journalism and Communication (SJC) in Kigali, Rwanda in the end of April.
- I am so proud of the wonderful journalist students at SJC!, says Festus Ndungutse.
He manages the layout, design and web version of the newspaper, and is now very happy.
- The students are shaping the future of journalism in Rwanda.

Rewarding exchange of knowledge at Belarus students visit

20 journalism students from the State University of Belarus visited Kalmar and Malmö during one week of February.
It was an intense week, where the hosts met with a group of very ambitious and eager group of students. Their knowledge of Swedish Media proved to be far greater, than was expected. This led to a very rewarding exchange of experience and knowledge.
The visit consisted of study visits at Barometern, SR Kalmar, HD/Sydsvenskan, SR-Malmö/Din Gata, SVT-Malmö, and the department for communication and media at Lund University.Added to this the students received in depth knowledge about Swedish Press laws and Press ethic rules, explained by the PO, Press Ombudsman, Ola Sigvardsson.
Fojo has been responsible for this arrangement, which is part of a bigger project between the Journalism department at the State University in Minsk and Fojo.

What we do

Fojo’s mandate is to strengthen free, independent and professional journalism.
Our support can target a local university that offers basic courses in journalism, an NGO that defends the rights of journalists and freedom of expression, editorial staff that strive to improve editorial routines, or a media institute that systematically attempts to improve journalism. To assist building national capacity is the key to a long-term sustainable media development. Together we develop journalism.

Independent media institutions are important for the development of journalism and a free press. National media institutes provide meeting places for journalists where they can research, produce and file stories. The institutes arrange training for journalists, promote self-regulation and advocate a free and responsible media. Over the years, Fojo has assisted the establishment of media institutes in several countries.

Media in conflict areas face particular challenges. Editors are often appointed on political merits and reporters that try to publish balanced and impartial journalism are discouraged, or even killed, by the conflicting parties.

Read more: Fojo Strategy 2018-2022

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