First phase (2012-2014)

UNESCO conducted a training workshop on humanitarian reporting and development journalism for correspondents from five community radios in South Africa, from 1 to 2 December 2014. The objectives of the workshop were to introduce participants to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to show how South Africa has progressed in meeting these goals as well as to enable participants to come up with community-based stories from the MDGs. 

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Humanitarian reporting and development journalism workshop in South Africa
Humanitarian reporting and development journalism workshop in South Africa
Humanitarian reporting and development journalism workshop in South Africa

The methodology employed was participatory drawing from and reflecting on the experience of participants to share insights and new learning. The emphasis was on understanding the MDGs and how to translate those into real and concrete issues that affect ordinary citizens in their communities and how to link these issues to the bigger goals. Participants were also introduced to the concept of development journalism. As issues facing the developing world grow ever more complex and difficult, the task of good journalism should be to throw light on them. Having been introduced to the MDGs, participants spent most of the time exploring how to write development stories for the radio stations.

A future workshop, starting at the point where this training have ended, may include practical exercises, allowing participants to go out into the field and gather their sounds and make interviews with the newsmakers and sources. Then come back to edit these into feature stories, interview clips, vox pops for broadcast back on their stations. Through this process, participants will be able to derive the full benefits of learning how to make a story on the issues related to the MDGs in their communities.

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