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Globally united to counter threats – #GIJC23 a huge success 

From the large stage at the main hall of the conference venue Svenska Mässan in Gothenburg, the Director of Fojo Media Institute, Kersti Forsberg, greets the buzzing crowd. More than 2100 journalists from over 130 countries have gathered to be part of the Global Investigative Journalism Conference (#gijc23), the largest ever of its kind.

Fojo gathers journalists from all around the world in global media conference

In just a week, more than 2,000 journalists from 130 countries will gather at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre to exchange ideas, learn from each other, and network. Fojo is proud to have had the opportunity to co-organize this unique event in the beautiful city of Gothenburg, Sweden. We had a chat with Sofia Hultqvist, one of our project manager, to explain our role in this important conference…

Rwanda, Somalia and Ethiopia Journalism education exchange programme

Staff from nine university journalism schools in Ethiopia, Somalia and Rwanda participated in an academic journalism education exchange programme in Ethiopia 5-9 June this year. The weeklong exchange was organised by the Fojo Media Institute and hosted by the Fojo-IMS Ethiopia media programme.

Gender study launched in Somalia 

A new study, that will be distributed to all media houses in Somalia, highlights opportunities and gaps in laws and regulations on gender equality in the media and suggests areas of development. The study was presented and launched in front of media directors and practictioners, civil society members and government officials in Mogadishu earlier this week.

Supporting community radio sustainability in Ethiopia

Despite the explosion of digital media across the globe, community radio is still the most accessible medium in Ethiopia, reaching the largest part of the country including rural and marginalised areas. Common for all are a lack of stable support and training in long-term media management practices. The Fojo – IMS trainings, combining theory and practice and focusing on both business and media development, were a much welcomed initiative.

Open Parly brings the Parliament to the people of Zimbabwe

Open Parly is a media platform communicating parliamentary activities to youth aged 18 – 35 in Zimbabwe. In this video Daniel Chikundu and Lynette Manzini explain what it’s all about. If you want to learn more, visit openparly.com or go to @openparlyzw on Twitter and Facebook. 

World Environment Day: Driving sustainable journalism

In this interview with Fojo’s Anna Maris, we delve into Fojo’s ongoing efforts to make its work in journalism more sustainable. Through carbon budgeting, sustainability certification for courses and refining practices for eco-friendly meetings and conferences, Fojo aims to reduce its environmental footprint and inspire other media development organisations to do the same.

Fojo lecture with Sophie Arnö: Tools for trauma-sensitive reporting

The majority of journalists witness traumatic events in their line of work: research suggests that between 80 and 100% of journalists have been exposed to a work-related traumatic event (e.g., Dworznik, 2011; Feinstein et al, 2002; Newman et al., 2003; Pyevich et al., 2003; Smith et al., 2017; Teegen & Gotwinkel, 2001). This fact was presented by Sophie Arnö a journalist, psychologist and psychotherapist specialised in trauma, during a lecture, hosted by Fojo, on trauma-sensitive reporting in April 2023.

Directory of experts to amplify Ethiopian women’s voices in the media

Ethiopian women are far less likely to be used as media information sources than their male counterparts. To help amplify women’s voices, the Ethiopian Media Women Association, EMWA, has developed a directory of women experts to fill the gender gap and challenge stereotypes.