What are the differences between activism and journalism, and how can we walk the fine line between reporting on what is important to us vs. what may be important to another segment of society? How can we reconcile differing views on the same topic when striving for impartial reporting, and how can journalists work to combat misinformation and deepening polarization? These questions and more were discussed in today's first session on "Media and Ethics".
By the end of the week our journalists will have completed the training curriculum comprised of sessions on:
As the training comes to an end, participants are now looking to put the skills and knowledge acquired over the past six weeks into practice. For Act 2 of the project, participants have been placed into multicultural groups to collaborate on joint media projects. These stories will incorporate the principles of peace journalism in establishing counternarratives that celebrate diversity, promote empathy, and combat misinformation.
"A picture is worth a thousand words". During today's session on the Ethics of Images and Photography, we discussed the power of images and journalists' responsibility in using images honestly and accurately. Photographs are powerful tools for storytelling, and as such they should be used mindfully with an understanding of the narratives they create, sustain, and combat.
With this, our 20 journalists have now completed over half of their training sessions. Previous sessions were:
1) Peace Journalism
2) Citizen Journalism
3) Rights-Based Journalism
4) Representation of Migrants in the Media
5) New Media and Social Transformation
6) Ethics of Images and Photography