IPDC Project implementation status: Implementation completed

The liberalization of the broadcasting and print media sector in Pakistan over the past two decades has led to an explosion in the number of circulating newspapers and magazines, with over 850 publications in circulation today. Historically this growth began in the main metropolitan centres, however the devolution of power to local governments across Pakistan has led to increased pressure on the media sector to mirror this change and provide support to district correspondents. At present this support is largely unavailable, with district correspondents often poorly educated, underpaid, and...

While a large number of public-service radio and television broadcasters in the West African region possess their own audio and visual documents, a lack of training among staff in archiving combined with poor conservation conditions, make it difficult for broadcasters to exchange such documents. This project attempts to address these issues, and respond to to the ongoing technological revolution in radio and television broadcasting media, with a view to strengthening production capacity and safeguarding vital West African radio and television archives. In doing so, an Archiving and...

In spite of the progress achieved in the field of media development in Burkina Faso in the 1990s, numerous breaches of standards in ethics and professional conduct are observed in its media today. One of the reasons for this is a lack understanding of the elementary rules of the profession, which has highlighted the need to strengthen the capacity of training institutions. The Communication and Journalism Department of the University of Ouagadougou is one of the leading institutions of its kind (as illustrated by its nomination by UNESCO as a potential centre of reference in journalism...

In Colombia, investigative journalism faces many obstacles, such as violence in small cities, routine danger and threats to journalists, economically entrenched interests of communication media, the control of some politicians over journalists and media outlets, and the lack of knowledge about technologies and investigative techniques by journalists. Despite these difficulties, many journalists in Bogotá and Colombian regions have produced great investigative works on diverse topics such as political, environmental and social matters. However, very few journalists use information and...

Media pluralism is a recent phenomenon in Chad, so much so that, as is often the case in countries in which pluralism of expression is embraced against a backdrop of poverty, the professional challenges are multiple. Today, however, the Chadian media can be viewed as a vanguard in pluralism of expression. Nevertheless, Chadian journalists are threatened and arrested in the exercise of their profession, and the media landscape is characterized by a lack of training among journalists, in writing for radio for production techniques, and among first-level maintenance technicians, as well as a...

Much positive work has flown from the UNESCO-Commissioned Centres of Excellence in Journalism Study which commenced in 2006. The current project aims to take this momentum another step forward. It will build on the fact that representatives from the Centres will have been sensitised on best practice with regard to the importance of integrating ICTs into their curriculum, trained about the pedagogy and teaching issues, and will develop an interactive web platform for their Centres. The current project proceeds to practical skills training, new media production output and reflection. It will...

It is urgent and necessary to develop campaigns of information on the existence of a regulation for access to information and to teach the population to demand their right. The ANP is willing to face this challenge and create conscience within society, starting with journalists, who require intense training. Once the journalists are convinced that access to public information is a right, and not a favor granted to them by public institutions, an important step will have been taken towards creating a conscience in civil society. The ANP also intends to create a judicial arm for access to...

Public broadcasters are among the most effective media in delivering knowledge on climate change mitigation opportunities and adaptation processes in raising public awareness through the dissemination of scientific data and options comprehensible by the public at large. However, most regional journalists know little or nothing about the issue of climate change and its effect on the viewers. The reasons why climate change issues are poorly covered or go unreported are many and complex. Journalists need more environmental training and networking opportunities. Environment, science and...

The community radio sector in West, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa suffers from sustainability and capacity shortcomings to actually implement the community radio mission of public service to provide communities with self-help for social, economic and cultural development. Furthermore, national community radio networks organised with the goal of strengthening the organisational development of their members have so far been effective only in a few countries: Ghana, Mali and South Africa. While some national networks have been highly successful in mobilising the community radio...

The media have a fundamental role to play in building peace, intercultural dialogue and diversity. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles preventing the media from realizing this potential of facilitating mutual knowledge and understanding among neighbouring peoples. One central factor is that a majority of media in the region are linked to entrenched political and economic interests, and thus very rarely report on the interests and viewpoints of marginalized groups. There is a serious deficit in terms of plurality and diversity in international media content that negatively affects...

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