ToroDev Trains Journalists in Online, Gender-Sensitive and Investigative Reporting to Improve Public Service Delivery

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The One day training was conducted on 21st, March 2019 at St Joseph Inn Virika and it was facilitated by Madam Enid Ninsiima from Daily monitor Kasese and Madam Josephine Kasenda of Rwenzori Women’s Network. The main aim of the training was to build the capacity of reporters and other journalists to enable them acquire knowledge and skills in Gender-Sensitive Reporting on Improved Public Service Delivery in Health, Education, and Economic Development & Investigative Journalism in the Rwenzori Region.

Participants who attended the journalist training

The Twenty five (25) journalists were sampled from eleven (11) local Fm radio stations located in the 5 districts of the Rwenzori Sub Region and different print and electronic media (New Vision, Daily Monitor etc) attended. 90% of participants were from the radio stations and 10 % from other media.  The selection of participants was 50% Female and 50% male. The participants appreciated the training and these are some of the comments they shared

Mr. Bamanyisa Patrick leader of Rwenzori Journalist forum during the training

Investigative journalism has declined in the Rwenzori Region, so this training will orient and awaken us to deeply investigate a single topic focusing on health, education, youth livelihood program and others”. Said Mr. Bamanyisa Patrick leader of Rwenzori Journalist forum.

From this training I have learnt that one of the most important skills of a good reporter is the ability to simply, convincingly, and clearly explain what he/she wants to say. A good way to do so is by comparing with generally known information or everyday situations”. Said Kirungi Patra News editor KRC FM.

I thank ToroDev for organizing this training, it’s good that I have got knowledge regarding Investigative reporters which will help me  determine what has happened according to the existing evidence, and very often predict what is going to happen.”. Said Gerevazio Ngabirano of  Voice of Kamwenge.

Journalist in a group discussion

“The truth is that I didn’t have enough knowledge to write an investigative report I am happy to attend this training”. Said Muhumuza Willy of bridge FM

Conducting undercover research is often illegal and in some cases journalists can face criminal prosecution. As well as criminal sanctions, investigative journalists could also face civil claims if they breach personality rights or commit deception. I call upon all the journalists to love their work and enjoy it”. Said Enid Ninsiima the facilitator of the training.

Miss Enid Ninsiima sharing with the journalist

Gender sensitive reporting is important because people need to be informed about different programs that can benefit them in their own country”I call upon journalists to educate masses on gender issues”.  Said Josephine Kasenda of Rwenzori Women’s Network.

Miss Kasenda Josephine of Rwenzori Women’s Network during the meeting

East African Region New Media and Human Rights Institute workshop

In collaboration with the African Human Rights Consortium, the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) conducted a four-day new media, research and advocacy workshop aimed at scaling-up the use of ICTs in human rights and democracy within East Africa. The workshop attracted 14 participants drawn from civil society and media in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Burundi. During the workshop, KHRC took the opportunity to share information on the activities of the ICT4Democracy in East Africa network attracting a lot of interest from participants. Emphasis was placed on the importance of involvement of civil society actors in various ICT forums and projects.

Civil society organisations in East Africa were urged to embrace ICTs in their advocacy interventions.