3898 The Communication Iniciative, Media Development, November 2009

DB Click: Media Development
November 2009

WELCOME to the new e-newsletter for people seeking to address media development issues and opportunities.

DB CLICK: Media Development updates you on recent media and media development initiatives including programme activities, awards, evaluation and research results, networks, books, other materials, planning ideas, change theories and other information recently placed on The Communication Initiative website.

DB CLICK: Media Development complements The Drum Beat through a specific focus on journalism and media development. It will be published bimonthly (every second month).

DB CLICK: Media Development Community: 14,955
CI Portal User Sessions, past 12 months: 3,032,758

If you have been forwarded this newsletter by a colleague or friend and would like to subscribe to the DB Click: Media Development, please send an email tomediadev@comminit.com requesting to «subscribe».


See also the Media Development Theme Site – where media rights, freedoms, capacities, and diversity are central to humanity – http://www.comminit.com/en/mediadev.html


1.    Media Guide (Advocacy Expert Series)
This guidebook forms part of the 6-part Advocacy Expert Series, which was developed by the Tanzania Advocacy Partnership Programme (TAPP) programme, an advocacy capacity strengthening programme for Tanzanian civil society run by Pact Tanzania and supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-Tanzania. This guidebook, designed for civil society organisations involved in advocacy work, aims to build practical skills to more effectively engage with reporters, journalists, and broadcasters…

2.    Mapping Media Education Policies in the World: Visions, Programmes and Challenges
«Mapping Media Education Policies in the World» discusses a policy-based approach to media education, considering it from three inter-related dimensions: its national, regional, and global contexts; its value to citizens and civic participation; and the importance of the role of collaboration among governments, civil society, and the private sector in the process of elaborating education for media literacy…

3.    Respect? Campaign – United Kingdom
Respect? is a campaign urging young people to take ownership of the media, and make their opinions heard, by using comment opportunities and new technology. The Respect? campaign is led by eight 16 to 24-year-olds who together form the Respect Young Peoples Advisory Group (RYPAG), supported by YouthNet and the British Youth Council (BYC). Their goal is to improve the representation of young people in the media, government, and United Kingdom (UK) society as a whole, by encouraging young people to speak up and society to listen…

4.    Respect?: Evaluation Report
This report documents the practical process of involving young people in the Respect? campaign, which was launched to urge United Kingdom (UK)’s young people to use new technologies to take ownership of the media, and to make their opinions heard. An independent evaluation was commissioned to examine the practical way in which young people have been involved in the campaign and to capture the good practice which has emerged, including how they were recruited, what they contributed, how they were supported, how their interest was maintained, and what they themselves got out of it…

5.    Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) – Middle East, North Africa
MICT is a German media development organisation that implements projects in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Through activities focusing on the interplay between conflict, media coverage, and reconciliation in crisis regions, MICT aims to foster the transformation of conflict towards reconciliation and to encourage dialogue among conflicting factions within society…

6.    Nonprofit Journalism: The Journey from Anomaly to a New Paradigm
This article describes United States-based journalism nonprofit businesses and why this business model is one of current interest. The author Jim Barnett suggests that in this period when new nonprofit newsrooms are launched every month to do the work of investigative, enterprise, watchdog, and explanatory journalism, the non-profit model merits scrutiny. The author has been tracking non-profit web-based start-ups and believes that: «There simply aren’t enough foundation grants, individual contributions or advertising clicks to go around…»

7.    Knight Citizen News Network (KCNN) «The Freebies List»
This resource list from the Knight Citizen News Network (KCNN) aggregates free multimedia tools for journalists. It aims to help journalists create a low-cost multimedia website. KCNN is a self-help portal that guides both ordinary citizens and traditional journalists in launching and responsibly operating community news and information sites…

8.    Human Rights Reporting Handbooks for Journalists
This handbook collection was written to move forward the goal of the organisation Journalists for Human Rights (jhr), which is to make everyone in the world fully aware of their rights. «Creating rights awareness is the first and most necessary step to ending rights abuses. By mobilizing the media to spread human rights awareness, jhr informs people about human rights, empowering marginalized communities to stand up, speak out and protect themselves.» jhr programmes promote Rights Media – the process of writing, collecting, editing, producing, and distributing media that create societal dialogue on human rights issues…

9.    Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum – Germany
This initiative centres around an international annual conference held in Bonn, Germany, since 2008, that addresses challenges and developments at the crossroads of media, conflict prevention/peace keeping, and a related major theme (global warming, for instance) which changes annually. Media representatives from around the world, high-profile representatives from inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, politicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and scientists sit around the same table at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum…

10.    dispatches_out of poverty
dispatches is a quarterly current affairs journal in a book format in which each publication examines a single issue. It gives photography an equal standing with the written word and – by commissioning original long-form journalism from various writers – it intends to bring attention to subjects which might be neglected in the mainstream press…

11.    Media Development Research Project – Global
In the autumn of 2009, the international media development organisation Internews began collaborating with a former journalist and media assistance expert from the World Bank Institute and a specialist on governance from the Brookings Institution to gather empirical evidence and research on media development. With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, researchers are engaged in a study of interventions to support the sustainable development of high quality news media in developing countries…



What are the best possibilities for journalist-readership connections? (you may choose more than one; please add clarifying comments)

* Readers should hold journalists to a high standard of transparency.
* Journalists should ascertain topical concerns of readers.
* Journalists should build support for public risk-taking in the name of media freedom.
* Readers should hold editors, managers, and media owners accountable for journalistic freedom.

VOTE and COMMENT: http://www.comminit.com/en/node/288047/2754

RESULTS thus far (November 19):

29%: Journalists should build support for public risk-taking in the name of media freedom.
28%: Readers should hold journalists to a high standard of transparency.
27%: Readers should hold editors, managers, and media owners accountable for journalistic freedom.
15%: Journalists should ascertain topical concerns of readers.


12.    How the Media is Creating a Climate for Change
In this SciDev.Net opinion piece, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chair R. K. Pachauri calls on journalists to maintain focus on the scientific rationale for action in their coverage of climate change in light of the Copenhagen Climate Summit slated to be held in Denmark in December 2009. He cites the fact that the media have played a central role in spreading awareness on climate change and reviews IPCC efforts to interact with media on climate issues…

13.    Communicating for Peace DVD
The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) has released a DVD on the theme of communicating for peace. The DVD is an educational resource for peace advocates and journalists about the importance of telling stories to communicate peace. Each section offers interviews and commentaries from experts in the fields of peace journalism, communication rights, and gender justice and introduces communication concepts and analysis…

14.    Internationalizing Media Studies
Because media education is, according to the editor, «largely a nationally bound and inward-looking area of academic inquiry», this book brings together scholars writing on the topic of internationalising media studies. As stated on the publisher’s website: «The explosion of transnational information flows, made possible by new technologies and institutional changes (economic, political and legal) has profoundly affected the study of global media…»

15.    Show me the Media Money – but what should we do with it?
«So what would you do if you had a big bunch of money (which I do not, I hasten to add) and you were interested in funding media development? How would you invest those funds? What principles would guide that investment? What results would you expect?…»

16.    The Role of New Media in the 2009 Iranian Elections
This report discusses presentations and panel discussion in Washington, DC, United States, on July 7 2009, in which new media practitioners, Iran specialists, and interested observers attempted to clarify the role of new media in the Iranian elections and the implications of these technologies for future democratic movements. The report is the result of a Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) workshop in which approximately 150 people came together to discuss the impact of new communications technologies in Iran…

17.    Getting the Balance Right: Gender Equality in Journalism
The International Federation of Journalists’ handbook «Getting the Balance Right» is written to give added argument and dynamism to gender equality campaigns that the IFJ believes should be taken up in every newsroom to fight against discrimination and champion journalistic standards. This handbook is an illustrated guide and resource for journalists to equip them with information for an understanding of gender issues in their work…

18.    Media Dialogues – Germany and Middle East
The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, or «IFA») is a German organisation operating worldwide to promote artistic exchange and dialogue between civil societies and to provide information about foreign cultural policy. IFA organises German-Arab media dialogues that take place alternately in Arab countries and in Germany. This initiative has also been extended to Turkey, Iran, and countries in Central Asia. The purpose of Media Dialogues is to help develop balanced, professional, and objective reporting in the media in a range of countries abroad…

19.    The Dart Center’s Tips and Tools Topics: A Reference for Journalists Who Cover Violence
From the Columbia School for Journalism Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, this resource is designed to provide online topical tools and tips on reporting and discussion of violent subject matter for journalists, educators, clinicians, and researchers and scholars. It provides resources on coverage and discussion of sensitive topics…

20.    The Right to Communicate: Historical Hopes, Global Debates and Future Premises
This book is devoted to an analysis of the right to communicate. It takes the reader through the historical, socio-cultural, and political backdrop that sets the stage for an understanding of why the right to communicate is important in a globalised, digital world. It discusses the global debates on the topic and examines premises for the future…

21.    ‘Enjoy Poverty’
From Panos London’s Illuminating Voices, this article describes the ethical questions posed by artist Renzo Martens in his film about photojournalists and international aid agencies and some of the controversy resulting from the screening of his film entitled «Enjoy Poverty». In it, Martens contrasts the poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the earning power of the media who are there to capture it in photographs. Martens is a Dutch artist who uses his film to protest against the exclusion of the Congolese people from making money from what he characterises as a resource that belongs to them: poverty…


Send us information about your Media Development case studies, reports, evaluations, thinking, and resources. Send to Deborah Heimann at dheimann@comminit.com


Access all information on the issues you choose through a Theme Site on The CI:

Media Development – http://www.comminit.com/en/mediadev.html
Democracy and Governance – http://www.comminit.com/en/demandgov.html
ICT4D – http://www.comminit.com/en/ict4d.html
HIV/AIDS – http://www.comminit.com/en/hiv-aids.html
Polio – http://www.comminit.com/en/polio.html
Early Child Development – http://www.comminit.com/en/earlychild.html
Natural Resource Management – http://www.comminit.com/en/nrm.html
Avian Influenza – http://www.comminit.com/en/avianinfluenza.html


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