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.