The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy is happy to announce that the first phase of the training for Nepalese journalists in Conflict Sensitive Journalism was conducted successfully from June 2 to June 6, 2014. The training was conducted for 15 journalists of the Nepali media in collaboration our local partners, Institute for Conflict Management Peace and Development. Participants were from both the print and broadcasting media. The training was conducted using a combination of lecture and group discussion formats. This enabled us to deliver concepts as well as involve participants in applying the concepts learnt to the daily practise of journalism.
For the purpose of evaluation, samples of reporting were collected from the participants. Additionally, surveys were distributed at the end of the training and the participants opined that the training was useful in
1) developing a vision of what the role of the media might be in Nepal.
2) developing a basic understanding of the cycles of conflict and violence, and learn how conflict resolution fits into that cycle.
3) understanding framing and agenda setting to examine methods of story selection, information gathering andreporting.
4) examining the ways that media can effect the conflict/conflict resolution cycle both positively and negatively.
5) examining the political environment in Nepal to discover specific obstacles that Nepali news media faces in addressing conflict/conflict resolution.
6) developing a plan for Nepali journalists to use conflict sensitivity in their reporting.
Currently, we are trying to raise $ 5000 for the second phase of the training. The second phase of this training involves providing constructive feedback on samples of reporting through the use of video-conference technology. The participants and the trainers will meet once a month for 5 months to discuss how samples of reporting can be made more conflict sensitive. The samples of reporting submitted will be scored using a scale for conflict sensitivity. The use of a scoring scale will help show the extent to which the training has been effective. It will also ensure the participants put into practice the concepts learnt during the instructional phase.
The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy requests your donations to raise the funds for acquiring the videoconferencing technology to conduct the second phase of the Training in Conflict Sensitive Journalism
The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) would like to thank you for your interest in and support for providing training in conflict sensitive reporting to local Nepalese journalists. Nepal needs journalists who can present accurate and impartial news to the people of Nepal who are affected by conflict. With your support, we can help build the skills of local journalists to support a more peaceful Nepal.
In the past three months, we have been busy generating funds and developing the project. In terms of funds, we are still short of about $3000. Your help in closing the gap will ensure this project can be implemented.
After consulting with Nepalese community members and experts in journalism and conflict resolution in the United States and India, modules for a 5 day youth leadership training program has been developed. A brief outline of the training modules is provided below:
1. What is conflict sensitive/peace journalism?
a. Basic outline of next 4 days.
b. Analysis of current situation in Nepali media.
i. Discussion of media landscape. Are papers tied to parties or specific issues?
1. What does the media discussion about issue X look like? Issue Y?
2. What affect on Nepali politics/society does this coverage have?
ii. Where does violence come from? Is it correlated to stories/stance of newspapers?
1. Does war focused journalism make journalists actors in conflict?
2. Subjects of news stories
a. Elite vs. common people.
b. Current vs. future focused
c. Conflict vs. solutions.
3. Framing as contest/conflict/winning
a. Two opposing parties vs. many parties with interests
b. Sports frame (winning) vs. all parties moving towards goals.
c. Language about participants
i. Using pejorative terms (“terrorists” or similar, names assigned to groups by others)
4. Organizational level
a. How does peace/conflict sensitive journalism work in a business sense?
i. Would the paper lose readership? How can journalists work around this?
b. Will there be conflicts with editorial staff or newspaper ownership?
i. How can these conflicts be negotiated?
5. How can we use conflict sensitive journalism in Nepal?
a. Violence against journalists
i. Would peace journalism reduce that pressure?
b. How can journalists work to reframe their work in Nepali society?
c. Create last sample for scoring.
We request your help through generous donations and hope to implement this project soon. We will keep you informed as the project progresses.
The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) would like to thank you for your interest in and support for providing conflict sensitive reporting training to local Nepalese journalists. Nepal needs journalists who can act as a moderating influence against divided and partisan politics and who can promote the voices of the vulnerable. With your support, we can help build the skills of local journalists to support a more peaceful Nepal.
In the past three months, we have been busy getting this project off the ground. We are consulting with an evaluation expert, working with our local partners, and exploring various fundraising options to meet our expected $40,000-$50,000 budget needs.
We are working with Dr. Tatsushi Arai, an associate professor of conflict resolution at SIT Graduate Institute, to develop a scale to evaluate participants’ progress throughout their training.
We have also been working with our local partners in Nepal - the Institute for Conflict Management, Peace and Development (ICPD) and the Collective Campaign for Peace (COCAP) - in preparation for the training workshops.
IMTD is seeking funding from a number of grant-making organizations. We recently submitted letters of inquiry to the Ford Foundation and to the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) and are waiting to receive a response. We also submitted a grant proposal to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
We are continually looking for new ways to raise funds for this project. To that end, we recently held a fundraising dinner in Washington, D.C. that raised $800. We are also investigating to possibility of attending various Asian festivals along the East Coast this spring and summer to attract donors to the project.
Once again, we are grateful for your support through Global Giving and look forward to keeping you informed as the project progresses.
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