Kazakh TV journalists improve their capacity to report on environmental issues
A workshop on Capacity Building of TV News Reporters for Environmental Sustainability took place last week in Almaty. It aimed to improve the ability of TV journalists in Kazakhstan to conduct research and present balanced coverage of environmental issues. The event was supported by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
Director-General of UNESCO condemns killing of Iraqi journalist
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, today condemned the murder of Iraqi journalist Mazen Mardan al-Baghdadi on 21 November in Mosul, northern Iraq.
UNESCO and Knight Center wrap up pilot training programme for African journalism professors
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has just completed an online course as part of an agreement with UNESCO to help journalism professors in Africa with training on digital media. More than 20 professors from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe followed the course. All of them are from schools included in UNESCO's list of Potential Centres of Excellence and Reference in Journalism Education in Africa.
UNESCO and University of Pretoria collaborate to improve information literacy of teachers
UNESCO and the University of Pretoria continue their collaboration in community development with the new initiative aimed at testing UNESCO’s ICT Competency Standards for Teachers and Draft Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Curriculum for Teachers. Two training courses for teachers from Kgoro Primary School, situated in the township of Zithobeni (South Africa), recently took place in the framework of this initiative.
UNESCO supports 5th APIN Meeting and ICT Literacy Workshop
UNESCO and its Information for All Programme (IFAP) are supporting the 5th Asia Pacific Information Network (APIN) Meeting and ICT Literacy Workshop, organized in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) in Manila, Philippines, from 23 to 26 November 2010. The assembly will bring together information policy makers and executives representing APIN member-countries.
Climate change discussed at workshop for public broadcasters in South East Europe
UNESCO sponsored a workshop for staff from public service broadcasters in South East Europe (SEE) to increase their knowledge on climate change. Some 15 journalists gathered in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 28 to 31 October 2010 to attend training on new ways of cooperation in media reporting on the most important climate changes issues in the SEE region.
Preparation of Round Table on C4D kicks off in Ecuador
The first meeting of the Organizing Committee of the forthcoming Round Table on Communication for Development (C4D) in Ecuador took place last month in Quito. The meeting initiated the evaluation of C4D in the country and stressed the need to reconsider the concept of “development”.
Open Access to scientific knowledge on agenda of workshop in South Africa
UNESCO, in collaboration with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and EIFL, is organizing a workshop on the benefits of Open Access for research dissemination, usage, visibility and impact. The workshop will take place in Pretoria (South Africa) on 22 and 23 November 2010 at the ASSAF premises.
Albanian media met to discuss self-regulation
The second national roundtable on media self-regulation took place last month in Tirana, Albania, to discuss professional standards and ethical norms for new media. Participants expressed the need for a stronger role of moderators in online media and stressed the vulnerable position of journalists vis-ŕ-vis media owners and editors, a significant problem impacting on media ethics.
Role of journalism in building trust among Andean countries on agenda of UNESCO workshops
A recent meeting in Bogota addressed the coverage by media of diplomatic crisis between Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. The strategies identified at this meeting will be shared with larger groups of journalists from the three countries during two forthcoming workshops in Quito (16 and 17 November 2010) and Bogota (3 and 4 December 2010).
Training of Lesotho media as partners in education for sustainable development
The Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO’s Office in Windhoek are organizing a series of workshops focusing on the role of media in education for sustainable development (ESD).
Meeting in Tunisia discussed nominations to Memory of the World Register
A meeting of the Tunisian National Committee for UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme was held last week in Tunis to discuss current nominations for the International Register from the Maghreb countries and to identify ways to promote the documentary heritage of Tunisia more widely.
UNESCO convened expert meeting on media and information literacy indicators
UNESCO organized an expert group meeting on the development of a global framework of indicators to measure media and information literacy (MIL) from 4 to 6 November 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event brought together experts from all regions (representing 17 countries) and from a wide range of domains including: media, information, education, curriculum development, psychometrics and statistics.
Arab New Media for Peace and Dialogue: Best practice guide published
UNESCO and the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia (UNESCOCAT) launch Arab New Media for Peace and Dialogue, a best practice guide and pedagogical toolkit, which has been produced as an outcome of the Arab New Media Summit for Peace and Dialogue. A joint initiative of the two organizations, the Summit took place last February in Amman (Jordan).
UNESCO Digital Library Majaliss continues to expand
UNESCO’s Rabat Office launches the fourth Volume of Majaliss, the Digital Library of classical Arabic literature. Accessible online and on CD-ROM, Majaliss offers free access to hundreds of books in the public domain, thus illustrating the innovative use of ICT for learning.
Reporting Africa’s climate change concerns
UNESCO and Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa are partnering to highlight Africa’s voice at the United Nations Climate Conference to be held in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010.
A series of workshops on ICT literacy for community radios concluded in Latin America
Seven ICT literacy workshops for Latin American community radio broadcasters have been completed since May 2010, under a project implemented by the Latin American association, Radialistas Apasionadas y Apasionados, and supported by UNESCO’s Offices in Quito, San José and Montevideo. Over 190 media professionals attended the training sessions, which were based on the Manual for ICT illiterate radio practitioners, recently launched by UNESCO.
UNESCO supports online youth TV programme
“Our Everyday Lives TV” project brings together young people from Bethlehem (Palestine) and London (United Kingdom) to explore their experiences and perspectives on conflict. Supported by UNESCO within the framework of the Power of Peace Network (PPN), this project places the youth in the centre of a debate about the possibilities of peace.
CARIMAC to offer workshop on specialised reporting
The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and UNESCO’s Kingston Office will co-host, from 6 to 8 December 2010, a workshop for regional journalists on covering education, science and culture. Twenty journalists from the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean countries will have an opportunity to discuss how improved coverage of these areas can benefit the social and economic development of the region.
Idasa-GAP and UNESCO assess HIV and AIDS coverage in journalism education
The Governance and AIDS Programme of the African Democracy Institute (Idasa-GAP), in partnership with UNESCO, has developed criteria for assessing the approach to HIV and AIDS in journalism education and training institutions in South Africa. The assessment tool will be piloted at UNESCO’s potential centres of excellence in journalism education in South Africa in the next months.
International workshop on mobile science started today in Trieste
“Mobile Science: Sensing, Computing and Dissemination” is the title of the workshop, organized by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and supported by UNESCO, that is taking place in Trieste, Italy, from 2 to 5 November 2010. The event aims at engaging the scientific community in developing countries in the design and deployment of the newest mobile scientific applications.
ERNO network reaches ten-year milestone with UNESCO support
The ERNO news exchange network in South East Europe is celebrating its 10th anniversary on 1 November 2010 in Sofia, Bulgaria, by a UNESCO-supported meeting, where South East European public service broadcasters will discuss and assess the activities and achievements of their network.
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage celebrated in Kathmandu
UNESCO’s Kathmandu Office celebrated World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October by a roundtable discussion on safeguarding Nepal’s audiovisual memory and a concert of traditional Nepali music. The events were organized under the theme “Saving and Savouring Nepal’s Audiovisual Memory”.
Sustainability indicators for media companies discussed in Brasilia last week
A seminar in Brasilia debated the draft Media Sector Supplement, a tool that is being developed under the coordination of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to diagnose corporate responsibility of media companies. UNESCO’s Office in Brasilia co-organized the event, in cooperation with its partners.
Director-General condemns murder of Brazilian journalist Francisco Gomes de Medeiros
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has condemned the murder of journalist Francisco Gomes de Medeiros in Rio Grande de Norte (Brazil) on October 18, and called for a thorough investigation into the crime.
Memory of the World meeting started today in Mexico
The eleventh meeting of the Regional Committee of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (MOWLAC) started today in Mexico City, Mexico. The promotion of the Programme in the region and the evaluation of current nominations for the Register are on the agenda of the meeting.
UNESCO's Rabat Office publishes guide to advance gender equality in radio content
As part of its 2010-2013 strategy to advance gender equality in media content of the Maghreb countries, the UNESCO Office in Rabat launches the new guide to help radio owners, managers and producers to create gender-sensitive content and to reduce stereotyping in their productions.
Kick-off of application of UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators in Brazil
A multi-stakeholder meeting was held in Brasilia on 14 October to launch the process of assessing the media situation in Brazil using UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators. The meeting brought together representatives of the authorities, civil society, media associations and academics to discuss the modalities of the application of the indicators.
Open consultation on WSIS Forum 2011: Call for participation
The next edition of the WSIS Forum will take place from 16 to 20 May in 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The preparatory process has just started with the launching of an open consultation to elaborate the agenda and to shape the format of the WSIS Forum 2011.
New website to focus on media accountability in Africa, Asia and Europe
UNESCO has launched the new website dedicated to Professional Journalistic Standards and Code of Ethics in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, and updated the existing section on Europe. This fast, flexible and free online resource provides information on media accountability and self-regulation systems, media legislation and models for setting up and managing press councils.