Gender is not just ‘nice’ or to be left for later – gender-informed reporting is a necessary tool for us to understand, report and explain the world better to our audiences. Gender proficiency is part of the nose for news.
That’s what our latest book, ‘Gender on Our News Radar: A View from Southeast Asia, dives into.
The book is written by Fojo consultant Johanna Son.
The 60-page book invites us to be curious about the words around gender in the media – and offers real-world tips in newspeak, drawing from the context of Southeast Asia.
Myanmar journalists say they have not had much training on gender issues related to news reporting but know that having a gender perspective is an important journalistic skill – and would find it useful to get more, and deeper, training on using it to strengthen storytelling.
The multi-skilled, multi-tasking and ever-mindful journalist is in demand in these times of media disruption in Thailand, as well as elsewhere in Southeast Asia. With the digitalisation of our information settings comes the need to update not just how news is reported, but the teaching and training of journalism itself.
In this chat, Jessada and Fojo Media Institute’s consultant Johanna Son discuss the challenges that our changed media settings pose on journalism today, why it is important to develop journalism learning tools that are contextualised in perspective and language.
“I know the potential dangers and consider that I could be the one who is shot that day, but I want to go to the demonstrations myself anyway.
I worry about my children who will have no one to take care of them – more than I care about being killed. Another thing I worry about is that international news coverage will stop.
I want peace and I want my children’s future to be beautiful and bright and I also hope for full human rights.”