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...

Like many other structures in Liberia, the media is faced with the challenges of post-conflict reconstruction. The Liberian media requires an extended period of revitalisation and professional development to be able to properly fill its role as the 'fourth estate,' including acting as a watchdog, directly contributing to good governance and poverty reduction, as well as functioning as a tool for conflict resolution. In addition, most Liberian journalists have little or no exposure to new technologies and trends in the media, leading to poor quality media products. Journalism training...

Bangladesh experiences an urban bias with regard to distribution of economic and social goods, and media is no exception. Only 16 percent of the rural population has access to newspapers, and local newspapers are published in urban areas and therefore do not focus on rural problems. However, the main part of the rural population in Bangladesh is facing some of the largest development problems so far due to climate changes. It is essential to involve these peoples in the country's process towards a more democratic and developed society. Furthermore, although Article 39 of Bangladesh...

The challenges related to climate change demand that mass media institutions be proactively involved in public awareness activities. As a consequence, high priority is given to comprehensive training programmes for young journalists of Uzbekistan. The state programme of training media workers of the Republic of Uzbekistan indicates the need to teach journalists how to address new challenges. There is a growing number of both state and non-state print media, TV and radio studios and growing competition in the media sphere. An analysis of the work of domestic media and of the level of...

This project will upgrade the professional skills of young journalists and graduates from the faculties of journalism of the Universities of the CIS countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Russian Federation engaged in the coverage of complex inter-ethnic, multi-confessional and cultural relations inside their countries and in relation with the neighbouring states. The main goal of the seminar is to show how to reflect the objective reality on these subjects in radio, print and electronic media: tactfully and with respect to the civil rights of an ethnic...

In Tajikistan, radio is the only broadcast medium that can be received in all areas of the country. Few journalists have academic or professional training in the field, and (with some notable exceptions), the quality of information-gathering, reporting and writing is low. Media rights organizations report that, although provided for in the constitution, press freedom is not widely respected. However, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranked Tajikistan in its 2008 Press Freedom Index as having the highest level of media freedom among the five Central Asian states. Opportunities for...

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...

Media development in Kazakhstan's regions has been slow. Although new private media outlets have opened, journalists lack basic educational and professional skills; with low salaries, they are susceptible to pressure from local political and business interests. Many do not know their legal rights?for example, for access to information?and lack training in research, fact-checking and providing balanced stories. Financially-struggling media outlets regularly publish or broadcast hidden advertising, press releases from local government or businesses masquerading as news stories. Regional...

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