UNESCO hosts workshops at Doha global science journalism conference
The Qatari capital Doha was a hive of activity during the 7th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ 2011), held from 27 to 29 June 2011. Hosted by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, the Conference provided an opportunity for UNESCO to hold two pre-Conference workshops focusing on science journalism education curricula as well as on reporting climate change and biodiversity.
Broadcasting regulation workshop is taking place this week in Lesotho
A five-day training workshop started yesterday in Maseru, Lesotho, to promote existing legal and regulatory frameworks covering broadcasting regulation during election periods, as well as election coverage by broadcasters. This workshop for journalists and the Lesotho Communications Authority is taking place from 18 to 22 July 2011.
Latin American Consultative Meeting on UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education to be held in Ecuador
UNESCO’s Office in Quito and the Ecuadorian Private Technical University of Loja (UTPL) will organize the Latin American Consultative Meeting on UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education in Loja, Ecuador, from 19 to 20 July 2011.
Director-General condemns murder of Colombian journalist Luis Eduardo Gómez
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, condemned the murder of independent Colombian journalist Luis Eduardo Gómez, killed by unidentified gunmen on 30 June.
Second round of trainings on election reporting for Tunisian media professionals starts this week
Within the framework of UNESCO’s programme to support the reform of the media sector in Tunisia, 94 Tunisian journalists and editors-in-chief are being trained to prepare the election of the constituent Assembly on 23 October 2011. The series of trainings benefit both French and Arabic speaking media professionals.
UNESCO launched model Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers
In a pioneering move to give impetus to media and information literacy (MIL) and civic participation, UNESCO has released a model Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers. This Curriculum is an important resource for Member States in their continuing work towards achieving the objectives of the Grünwald Declaration (1982), the Alexandria Declaration (2005) and the UNESCO Paris Agenda (2007) – all related to MIL.
UNESCO Director-General condemns killing of Congolese journalist Witness-Patchelly Kambale Musonia
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today condemned the murder of radio journalist Witness-Patchelly Kambale Musonia in the Nord-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo on 22 June.
UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of Mexican journalist Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova condemned the murder of Mexican newspaper columnist Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco and his family in the eastern city of Veracruz on 20 June.
UNESCO Director-General deplores death of Iraqi cameraman Alwan al-Ghorabi
The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova today deplored the death of Iraqi cameraman Alwan al-Ghorabi, who was killed in a car bomb explosion in the southern city of Diwaniyya on 21 June.
UNESCO rejoices at the release of journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier and their interpreter, Reza Din
The Director-General of UNESCO rejoices at the news of the release of two French journalists, Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier, and their interpreter, Reza Din, who have been held hostage in Afghanistan for the past 18 months.
Declaration on Media and Information Literacy adopted by Fez International Forum
The First International Forum on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) was organized through partnership among UNESCO, the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (Morocco), the Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO), the Arab Bureau of Education for the Golf States (ABEGS) and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and other partners. It was held from 15 to 17 June 2011 in Fez, Morocco, under the auspices of His Majesty King Mohammed the Sixth.
UNESCO launches Story-based inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists
UNESCO recently published the English version of Story-based inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists, a useful guide for journalists on how to best exercise investigative journalism. The manual was firstly launched in Arabic by UNESCO and the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) at the second ARIJ conference in Amman in 2009. Since then it has been used by many journalists’ training organizations and introduced into curricula of university journalism programmes in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.
IPDC-supported training on investigative journalism started in Tunis
Within the framework of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), 20 journalists from print, online and broadcast media in Tunisia started yesterday five-day training on investigative journalism and journalism ethics in Tunis.
Call for contributions: UNESCO to co-lead WSIS +10 Preparatory Process
How would you like to see the WSIS review conducted? UNESCO calls for contributions to the online discussion taking place on UNESCO’s social networking website, WSIS Platform of Communities. Your ideas and comments will help shape an action plan towards the organization of the WSIS +10 meeting.
Open learning centre initiative: Enhancing quality and accessibility of higher education in Tanzania
Under the auspices of UNESCO, the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) organized a two-day workshop from 16 to 17 June 2011. Policy makers, international and local experts discussed the impact of the adoption of open source technologies and open content within common e-learning models, and the higher education system in Tanzania.
International seminar to debate challenges of public media
The UNESCO Office in Brasilia and the Empresa Brasil de Comunicação (EBC)/TV Brasil will hold from 30 June to 1 July the International Seminar on Public Media: Challenges and Opportunities to the 21st Century. The event will bring together, at the EBC headquarters in Brasilia, some of the major international experts in public broadcasting and leaders of communication corporations from Latin America, the United States and Europe.
UNESCO joins iTunes U
UNESCO joins iTunes U with a wealth of new educational material providing free access to UNESCO’s rich multimedia content.
Three OPAL events to take place in Dublin next week
The Open Educational Quality Initiative (OPAL), a European consortium led by UNESCO, will be taking a prominent part in the 20th Annual European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Conference next week in Dublin, Ireland.
Ethical reporting of health issues in Africa: Exploring civic awareness with journalism practitioners and educators
The Governance and AIDS Programme of the African Democracy Institute (Idasa-GAP), in partnership with UNESCO and the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies, are holding a symposium for journalists and journalism educators to raise awareness around citizen-centred and ethical approaches to health journalism in Africa.
Training workshops for members of parliament and parliamentary journalists in Ecuador
Within the framework of the agreement signed between UNESCO’s Office in Quito and Ecuador’s National Assembly (parliament), and following the recommendations of a first assessment study conducted last year, a series of training workshops were organized this week in Quito.
Building journalists’ unions: Regional conference ended in Addis Ababa
A two-day conference, aimed at building the capacity of journalists’ unions and associations in Eastern Africa, ended this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, with a clarion call to all journalists in the region to actively engage in defending their labour rights.
UNESCO partners with Namibian media to promote education for sustainable development
Following the proclamation by UN of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), during which UNESCO needs to work with different partners, including the media, UNESCO’s Windhoek Office has partnered with the Namibian media to further promote the concept of education for sustainable development (ESD).
Director General condemns killing of Indian journalist, Jyotirmoy Dey
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today condemned the murder of Indian journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, who was shot dead on the streets of Mumbai, in western India on 11 June.
UNESCO supports First International Forum on Media and Information Literacy
UNESCO has partnered with the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (Morocco), the Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO), the Arab Bureau of Education for the Golf States (ABEGS) and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and other partners to organize the First International Forum on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) from 15 to 17 June 2011 in Fez, Morocco.
UNESCO starts series of trainings on election reporting for Tunisian media professionals
Within the framework of UNESCO’s programme to support the reform of the media sector in Tunisia, 94 Tunisian journalists and editors-in-chief will be trained over the next months to prepare the election of the constituent Assembly. The series of trainings will benefit both French and Arabic speaking media professionals, but the first round targets specifically francophone media.
Building Caribbean Knowledge Societies: IFAP Conference starts today in Grenada
Over 50 delegates from 13 Caribbean countries are gathering for the First UNESCO Regional IFAP Conference in Saint George's, Grenada, from 15 to 17 June 2011. Held under the theme “Building Caribbean Knowledge Societies”, the Conference aims to enable Caribbean countries to develop a realistic action plan that would address their development needs and foster the creation of knowledge societies in the region.
Global survey on Internet privacy: UNESCO calls for proposals
UNESCO calls for proposals to conduct a global research aiming to map the current regulatory landscape in Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean regarding Internet privacy. The research is also expected to provide an overview of legal protections, self-regulatory guidelines, challenges and cases relating to the topic, in order to create a global snapshot of trends and developments.
Cholera in Haiti: UNESCO produces animated films to raise young people’s awareness
In its drive to lessen the impact of cholera on the Haitian population, UNESCO has joined forces with Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population to produce six animated films of less than two minutes each to raise awareness of the hazards of the disease among the general public, particularly young people.
UNESCO and IOF take joint action for Haitian media
On Friday, 3 June 2011, in an endeavour to strengthen Haiti’s media, UNESCO and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) handed over audiovisual equipment to the National Association of Haitian Media (ANMH), Haiti National Television (TNH), Haiti National Radio (RNH) and the Haitian Ministry of Culture and Communication at the UNESCO Office in Haiti.
UNESCO Director-General calls on Syrian authorities to restore internet services to citizens and cease attacks against media
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today expressed her concern over the escalating violence in Syria and, in particular, the crackdown on citizens’ access to communication and information services and reported attacks and restrictions on journalists.