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.

Sviatlana Alexievich

Sviatlana Alexievich at Conference on Media Challenges in Minsk

- We wanted to focus on major challenges faced by the media in legal and economic spheres as well as issues in journalism standards, explains Andrei Bastunets, chairperson of Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) after the conference Fojo Media Institute held jointly with BAJ in February.
Sviatlana Alexievich, the Nobel Prize Laureate in literature and member of BAJ, also spoke and answered questions of the audience. A video with the part of the conference where Sviatlana Alexievich spoke and answered questions of the audience can be found here (in Russian). Below you can hear some statements translated to English.

CCI Cambodia

CCI transformation to meet Cambodia’s mid-career journalism & communication training needs

The Fojo managed “Southeast Asia Media Training Network (MTN) 2016-2019” works to strengthen six journalism, media and communication training institutes and centres in four Southeast Asian countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam. The programme started early this year and focuses initially on a combination of building capacity of individual institutes and of joint processes of sharing and learning among the partners.
The Cambodia Communication Institute (CCI) initially requested support in the first step of a transformation and consolidation process through formulation of a first strategic plan and a business plan to accompany it. This process is presently unfolding. With the support from a media development and strategic planning specialist, advanced drafts of the strategic and business plans are being finalised.

Myanmar signs Memorandum of Understanding to support media development

The signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding with International Media Support and Fojo Media Institute (IMS-Fojo) signals a continued commitment by the Myanmar government to support activities that promote development of professional and free media in Myanmar.
“The signing of the MoU allows us to continue our efforts to support independent and professional media that supports the ongoing democratic reform and peacebuilding processes in Myanmar. Our programme benefits a range of local partners, representing the media, civil society, and key institutions, explains Myo Min Htike, IMS-Fojo Programme Manager in Myanmar.

Investigative Journalism Partnership launched in Bangladesh

Today Fojo Media Institute and our partner MRDI launched the Investigative Journalism Partnership in Bangladesh. Representatives from 16 media houses participated and now we are very curious about what investigations they will suggest.
More information here
First Call information on pdf to download
Application form to download
Link to MRDI
Powerpoint presentations from Introductory Workshop: Hasibur Rahman, Sofia Hultqvist and Annicka Flovin.

Investigative Journalism Partnership in Bangladesh

MRDI and Fojo Media Institute invite interested media houses to apply for support from the new Investigative Journalism Partnership (IJP) mechanism. The Investigative Journalism Partnership is dedicated to improving the scope and overall quality of independent investigative reporting in Bangladesh. The call is open 16th May-8th June 2017.

Our offer to successful applicants is to provide expertise and other resources in the production of quality investigative journalism and to develop new formats for investigative journalism.

The IJP is part of a five-year project jointly implemented by Fojo Media Institute and MRDI. Between 2017 and 2020 there will be calls at least twice a year. The next call is planned for October 2017 and will also be open to groups of independent journalists.

Suvojit Bandopadhyuaya,

Journalism in a world of terrorism

-Whether you like it or not, the threat and the terrorist fact are there to continue.
With these words professor Renaud de la Brosse opened the conference Journalism in a world of terrorism – terrorism in the world of journalism.
You can watch the presentations and speeches from the first day of the conference here. They were about terrorists tactical use of social media platforms, how Twitter used at the attack in Stockholm and how global media present terrorism.
Last, the exiled Turkish Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar talked about the situation in Turkey.

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