Ayesha Kabir: These things improve my team.

”A team is only as strong as it’s weakest link”

”A team is only as strong as it’s weakest link,” says Ayesha Kabir, Consultant Editor at Prothom Alo, “That is an important insight I gained during the training.”
It’s encouraging to hear what Ayesha says. She wants to develop her team. Spot on. Personal Leadership is about how to handle people and build teams.

6th Media Development Conference, Myanmar

Ways forward for media sector discussed in Myanmar

"Sex segregated data shows that women represent 16 percent of the sources seen, heard or read about in the news media, while men represent 80 percent. 4 percent of sources’ sex is unknown", said the Swedish Ambassador as he quoted IMS-Fojo and MWJS's Gender in Myanmar News Study in his closing remark during 6th Media Development Conference in Myanmar which were under the theme: “Media Development in Myanmar: strategies and way forward”.

This year the conference focused on journalism ethics and professionalism, ethnic media and peace building, access to information and the safety of journalists among other topics.

Gender in Myanmar News

Myanmar: Women’s voices underrepresented in news coverage

A new landmark study shows that Myanmar media favour male over female voices in news representation: only 16 percent of the voices in Myanmar news media are female.
Worldwide the voices and views of men dominate news coverage. Myanmar is no exception. A new study of 2500 media stories by Myanmar Women’s Journalist Society (MWJS) and IMS-Fojo: “Gender in Myanmar News” shows that female representation in Myanmar media is one of the lowest in Asia.
Download the report here.

From Little Things, Big Things Grow

Under the above motto and within the ‘Magic Training Room’ at the Vietnamese Journalist’s Training Centre (VJTC) in Hanoi, the Fojo Southeast Asian Media Training Network programme met to strengthen the partner institutes’ strategic approaches to income generation, communication and visibility.

Launching an international center to promote free and open media climate

On-line hate and threats have become a reality for many women journalists. What makes this kind of harassment so particular is that the threats are usually not based on what the women journalists report, but by the mere fact that they are women. As in any case where journalists and media are attacked, it can lead to self-censorship and lack of investigative journalism, which poses a danger to democracy and in the long run may lead to closed societies.

The Fojo Media Institute and The Swedish Institute of International Affairs have now been given a mission by the Swedish Government to launch an international center to promote free and open media climate. The center will gather knowledge about threats and on-line hate, assisting media houses and journalists to counter harassment and find routines for analyzing and managing threats, not least by networking.

TV newsroom at Channel 24 in Dhaka

Changing a newsroom seating plan can boost efficiency overnight

Channel 24 in Dhaka has an attractive TV newsroom. The news anchor sits at an elevated desk while the journalists produce the programme in the background. The camera angle is good, capturing the bustle of activity behind the scenes, without distracting attention from the bulletin.

From an audience perspective, it's not clear what everyone is doing, but that doesn't matter, the focus should be on the presenter. From a news organisation perspective, it's crucial that the right people are in the right place at the right time to ensure the most efficient and effective news production process.

Media management training workshop at Prothom Alo in Bangladesh
Prothom Alo staff taking part in the media management training course.

Empowered training, a shift in emphasis

A fresh approach to journalism capacity building is underway in Asia. And it’s all about inclusion and dialogue. They are the two buzzwords for a project that aims to empower those receiving the training from day one with course elements selected by participants, not by those providing the training.

Even the prospective trainer has to go through a selection process run by the media house taking part. I was interviewed via Skype from my home in England before they considered whether to invite me or not – and the decision-making process took more than a week.

Rwanda: A radio show is born

“Yeah! Huye Today Magazine! The show we just updated for you, dear listeners!”

Christophe sways in front of the microphone, with feeling in his resonant voice. Jean Claude, the co-host, picks up his part of the presentation right on cue. The two students sound like true professionals.

At Radio Salus, the student radio station of the School of Journalism at the University of Rwanda in Huye, the trainees quickly pick up the necessary skills to broadcast. They get to spend many intense and rewarding hours in the studio, doing their part of air time at one of Rwanda's most popular radio stations.

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