Round table discussion that will discuss issues about safety for journalists’ online, offline and at their workplaces and find ways of addressing the existing challenges. This is part of an ongoing project to ensure that clear mechanisms are put in place for safety for journalist especially female journalists across the country.
What are the Media Roundtables about?
Media roundtables are open discussions about safety for female journalists between media managers, editors, reporters and security officials.Conducted by Media Focus on Africa in partnership with UMWA, media roundtables are intended to identify key issues about safety and come up with practical solutions that can be implemented immediately to minimize threats that female journalists are exposed to as they go about with their professional duties. With information generated from the media round tables, UMWA and Media Focus on Africa Uganda will support state officials, other actors and media to promote safety for female journalists in Uganda
While safety for all journalists is an issue of concern, UNESCO has recently reported a rise in deaths of female journalists while on duty. Locally female journalists attest to various challenges that put them at risk online and offline including cyber bullying, hacking, sexual harassment and brutality by security organs. Therefore there is need for a concerted effort to engage different stakeholders to identify the key issues and agree on workable solutions to address them. Results from a situation analysis on the safety for female journalists done by UMWA in partnership with Media Focus on Africa will form a basis for this discussion as we seek to find a realistic solution to the safety challenges that are uniquely faced by women journalists.
More awareness about the issues and commitment to address them for example in-house policy to ensure female journalists work in a favourable and secure environment.
20 youths from Imvepi refugee settlement, in West Nile region of Uganda, have taken part in the first training session of a seven day capacity building workshop in film production, implemented by Impact Unified in partnership with Media Focus on Africa (MFA) Uganda.
The youths took to the training with excitement with it being the first of its kind they have had the opportunity to participate in. “I have watched films before but did not know how they were made. Now I am glad I have the opportunity to learn how to make films,’’ said Brenda Alia, a student from Imvepi Secondary School. The students were introduced to the basics of script writing, editing, taught about media and different platforms through which to communicate films. “A good film is like a well cooked meal where you have all the ingredients properly put together,” said Neil Bell, a film producer/director from Impact Unified, while teaching the youths about the basics of film editing.
During the training, the youths were challenged to come up with narratives of their own, which they will have to develop into short one-minute films in the course of the seven day training period. Amongst the resources given to the youths to help with their learning and also produce their own films, are Ipad configured with video editing software. With these, the youths can record and edit video and audio footage. These Ipads, among other resources, will be left available to the youths even after the project is over, such that they can carry on producing films to express themselves and tell their stories to the world.
This capacity building is the major component of Project One-minute that aims at empowering youths in refugee settlements with skills and knowledge in film production, media and communication. Project One-minute is funded by Creative-Force-Swedish Institute, a Swedish agency engaging other countries in information, culture, public life among others, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government to reduce poverty in the world. Project One-minute is facilitated by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
The One-minute aimed at empowering youths in refugee settlements as well as their counterparts in the host communities with skills and knowledge in film production, media and communication. The skills will prepare refugee youths and youths in host communities to be able to tell their own stories and stand out beyond the narratives that are often presented in the media.
To enable this move, the youths were given resources to help with their learning and also produce their own films. These included Ipads configured with video editing software. With these, the youths can record and edit video and audio footage. These Ipads, among other resources, will be left available to the youths even after the project is over, such that they can carry on producing films to express themselves and tell their stories to the world.
Project One-minute is funded by Creative-Force-Swedish Institute, a Swedish agency engaging other countries in information, culture, public life among others, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government to reduce poverty in the world. Project One-minute is facilitated by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
The Observer newspaper in Uganda has today featured our Award-winning drama series Yat Madit in its print edition. Yat Madit uses edutainment to promote dialogues for peace building and conflict resolution in North and North Eastern Uganda. It is funded by The European Union with Europe Year for Cultural Heritage 2018 and Doen Foundation.
Read the full article here: https://observer.ug/lifestyle/57808-award-winning-yat-madit-returns-with-second-season.html
Yat Madit is an award -winning drama series which combines the use of edutainment and inter-cultural dialogues to promote reconciliation and lasting peace among and between post conflict communities in North and North Eastern Uganda. It aims to promote intercultural dialogue and demonstrate alternative ways of dealing with conflicts, leading to more social cohesion and sustainable peace among Ugandans especially those in post-conflict situations.
MFA produced the script after organising dialogue sessions within the various communities in Acholi, Lango, Teso and Karamoja to understand the key challenges they faced through the recovery process. This information was then used to create the script, which was written together with selected Ugandan writers. The various issues raised in the story are expected to present the public with different ways in which they can resolve conflicts or come to agreement through peaceful means and in the process contribute to addressing the issues faced by communities in post conflict situations. MFA held 60 similar dialogues working with 24 CSO representatives from 11 CSOs across North and North Eastern Uganda Between January -March 2017, reaching 1400 participants.
For Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) MFA implemented a training programme consisting of short training courses in basic skills and newswriting and online and investigative journalism for correspondents. The training programme was targeting correspondents working for the local media. Short training courses and review days were complemented with a 4 month mentorship programme: with personal coaching, review meetings with mentors, personal assignments, press conferences and a 2-week internship. MFA partnered with the International Center For Journalists (ICFJ). Joachim Buwembo, a rewarded journalist and knight fellow from the International Center for Journalists, supervised the mentor programme. The training programme was supported by an online platform for peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.
- http//mediaup.tmf.or.tz online trainings platform
- 24 students trained in investigative and online journalism, basic skills and newswriting
- 600 articles were posted on the online platform
- 18 correspondents accomplished the short courses and 4-month mentorship program
- 5 front page articles in national newspapers
‘’It’s Your Vote, Your Voice” Voter Mobilization Campaign: Together with Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) and supported by Deepening Democrary Programme (DDP), MFA implemented a national media campaign on voter mobilization and sensitization across Uganda, ahead of the country’s 2011 general elections. The project covered two phases of the electoral cycle –Voter Registration and Voter display period. MFA developed messaging during the voter registration period, as well as the voter display campaign periods.
MFA also organised training sessions for talk show hosts, media practitioners and CCEDU members and staff on media skills and influencing the media agenda setting. The media skills trainings were conducted by a team of Channel 4 media trainers and in specific targeting spokespersons of CCEDU member organisations (in specific Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform (UGMP) who were likely to engage with the media in
the months prior to the elections.
Together with European Parliamentarians in Africa (AWEPA), MFA organised six national workshops on ‘Media and Politics’ to promote greater access to information with regard to parliamentary procedures, debates and coverage and to improve mutual understanding and respect between the media and parliamentarians through sustained dialogue. The workshops took place in Tanzania, Uganda, RC, DR Congo, and Kenya.
The Workshops were a follow up to the African News Media Conference held in Nairobi in August 2006. The African News Media Conference organised by Awepa, the Nation Media Group Kenya and the United Nations – affiliated University for Peace (UPEACE), examined the challenges facing Africa’s news media – as a watchdog and educator, while promoting transparent governance, preventing conflict and building peace. The final document of the Conference listed a number of recommendations, which can be summarised as follows:
- Codes of ethics between parliamentarians and the news media should be developed with regular peer review.
- Greater coverage of parliamentary proceedings by the news media should be facilitated, including the work of parliamentary committees.
- Media training for parliamentarians should be organized to enable them to interact more effectively with the news media.
The objectives of the regional workshops organized by MFA were:
- To examine the progress made since the conference held in Nairobi in August 2006 specifically with regard to the implementation of the recommendations;
• To evaluate the challenges faced during the implementation of the Nairobi Conference Recommendations;
• To promote greater access to information with regard to parliamentary procedures, debates and coverage;
• To improve mutual understanding and respect between the media and parliament through sustained dialogue;
• To explore modalities of developing a code of ethics or memorandum of understanding that will ensure harmonious relationship between the two institutions