A Changing Asian Media

Asia Assessment 2017 final versionThis report presents the findings of an assessment of the current media environment in South and Southeast Asia with the ambition of identifying key needs and challenges for the media, journalists and the general public as well as suggesting interventions that can promote greater accountability, democratic space and areas for information sharing, networking and debate through professional and independent media in the region.

With the support of Sida in Bangkok, Thailand, the assessment was carried out by International Media Support (IMS) and Fojo Media Institute in 2017 through the study of existing reports, assessments and material covering the region as well as interviews with key informants, expert consultations and internal strategic theory of change workshops.

The assessment was motivated by Sida’s strategy for regional development and cooperation in Asia and the Pacific region 2016–2021 as well as the Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

SJC Rwanda - Baseline Study And 8 Analysis

Fojo Media Institute is partnering with the School Journalism and Communication at University of Rwanda for a four-year Capacity Building Program to educate Rwanda´s journalists of tomorrow. The program has commissioned Transparency International Rwanda to do a baseline study and eight background analysis of the media context and the environment in which SJC operates. Among other things the study shows that only 35,5 percent of media managers in Rwanda did journalism in their studies.

Baseline Study - Fojo Media Institute project Capacity Building of the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Rwanda

Analysis of the SJC Curricula
Analysis of teaching practices at SJC
Analysis of present administrative and management system of SJC
Analysis of SJC student perceptions on the quality of training and education and own prospects in the job market
Analysis of media stakeholder’s perceptions on quality of journalism training at SJC
Sample analysis of media audiences’ views on quality of journalism in Rwanda, with focus on skills gaps evident in media programs
Gender and diversity analysis on capacity building for women and other vulnerable groups
Analysis of priority training needs for media practitioners who would like to attend mid-career courses at SJC

Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape

Myanmar Gender report picRead the report here.In the first study of its kind conducted in Myanmar, the report 'Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape' conducted by Fojo Media Institute with IMS' support, looks to assess the current status of gender equity in the country's media sector. The findings shed light on the relative position of women in the country's fledgling media scene.

While the Myanmar media sector continues its rapid development following the begining of a democratic reform process in 2011, gender equity in the media sector has not been examined closely or addressed until now. Although female media practitioners are well-represented in newsrooms making up for over 50% of staff on average, media institutions remain male dominated on levels of decision making. This results in two main challenges for women within the industry: a lack of opportunity to advance their careers and an absence of institutional mechanisms supportive of female media workers.

Based on UNESCO's model curriculum for journalism education, the study was undertaken acknowledging media's essential role in the promotion of equity in the Myanmar society. To change the existing gender roles, the media itself must mirror gender equity within the media institutions, both in policy and practice. A professional media that respects gender equity, promotes liberal values and a plural society can positively contribute to a country in transition like Myanmar and help shape its future.

The study "Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape" was conducted with the support of IMS and the Swedish International Development Agency Cooperation.

Research and Publications

Some suggestions for further reading around the field of International Media Development and training. We will be updating this list and sharing research results, annual reports, special investigations and academic studies from actors in the field of Media Development.

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By the Numbers: Tracing the Statistical Correlation Between Press Freedom and Democracy published by The Center for International Media Assistance, 2014.
It is generally accepted that media freedom is beneficial to democratic and economic development, but the exact nature of this relationship and the direction of causality between press freedom and general freedoms is under-researched. Rigorous and in-depth examinations of the relationship between press freedom and general democracy using the available global datasets have been limited. This study investigates the nature of that relationship using the two leading indices and is an important contribution to a subject that merits further study and analysis.

Journalist Security Guide: Covering the News in a Dangerous and Changing World published by Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 2012

Online Comment Moderation: emerging best practices published by WAN-IFRA, October 2013.
Research into how media outlets are moderating comment on their websites and best practices to turn abusive or hate speech into robust and civil conversations with readers.

South Sudan National Audience Survey published by Internews, October 2013.
The first South Sudan national audience survey shows radio is the most accessible and trusted media, especially for men and young people.

Fragile states: the role of media and communication published by BBC Media Action in October 2013.
More than 40 states around the world are classed as "fragile" by the OECD. This policy briefing by BBC Media Action examines the implications of current media trends for fragile states and explores whether these trends are making these states more, or less, fragile. It argues that the role of a free media should be embraced and better prioritised in strategies designed to support such states. The paper focuses especially on fractured, fragile states where religion, politics, ethnicity or other factional fault lines divide society. The central part of the paper focuses on four states: Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya and Somalia.

Independent Media In Exile: A Baseline Consultation published by Fojo Media Institute and InterMedia in 2013.
A baseline assessment of the status, professional and ethical quality of output of 15 exile media outlets and an assessment of training needs to inform the planning of activities, to measure outcomes and as a resource for media in development agencies offering training.

2013 World Press Freedom Index: Dashed Hopes After Spring published by Reporters Without Borders.

Media and Telecoms Landscape Guides published by Infoasaid in 2013.
The online guides provide comprehensive and detailed information on the media and telecommunications landscape in a country. The guides can serve as a useful preparedness tool. In the immediate aftermath of an emergency, an information needs and access assessment can be undertaken in order to verify whether the channels of communication outlined in the guide are still functioning.

Digital News Report 2012 published by Reuters Institute Journalism.
News is becoming more mobile, more social, and more real-time. This year's survey reveals continuing shifts in how, when, and where people access the news, with digital patterns becoming more entrenched – particularly amongst the younger half of the population. Audiences increasingly want news on any device, in any format, and at any time of day. But our survey reveals that the multi-platform and digital revolution is not proceeding at an even pace in all countries.

Special Report: Journalists in Exile 2013 published by CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists).
Fifty-five journalists fled their homes in the past year with help from the Committee to Protect Journalists. The most common reason to go into exile was the threat of violence, such as in Somalia and Syria, two of the most deadly countries in the world for the profession. Others fled the threat of prison, especially in Iran, where the government deepened its crackdown ahead of elections.

Empowering Independent Media: U.S. Efforts to Foster a Free Press and an Open Internet Around the World -- Second Edition: 2012 published by CIMA (Center for International Media Assistance).

Independent Media in Exile published by CIMA (Center for International Media Assistance) 2011.
The report explores the challenges faced by journalists living in exile from countries with repressive regimes and examines the impact that their courageous reporting makes in their home countries. Drawing on the results of a survey of 36 individuals representing 33 exile media organizations from 18 countries, the report calls for increased coordination among journalists and organizations operating in exile and encourages donors and trainers to actively assist exile media.

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