3-day Peace Journalism training reels off today PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 February 2014 13:13

A 3-day training course on Peace Journalism for select college students reels off today, February 22, intended to build capacities of college writers and aspiring journalists who will contribute to the building of the local print media as mechanism for peace.

Held under the auspices of the Enhancing Governance Accountability and Engagement (ENGAGE)-USAID Project in partnership with the City Government’s Public Information Division, the course will involve an intensive training for 14 young journalists, mostly editors, writers or senior mass communications students of government and private universities and colleges in the city.

After the training, the students will undergo a 10-day practicum in some media outlets, afterwhich they will report back to the organizers for outputs and feedbacks.

Engage, a US-funded project, views the training course as one of the necessary steps to address peace building needs of Zamboanga City. There is also a need to open up avenues among the local print media and organizations on peace journalism.

The print media and media establishments in general is among the potential mechanisms for promoting peace and mechanisms. This potential can only be maximized if these medium is infused with the principles and practice of peace  journalism and good governance as part of the realm of development communications.

The training program will include review on straight news writing, understanding conflict; understanding peace; introduction to the theories and concepts of peace journalism; review of news features writing; discussion on peace, conflict and violence in journalism; war journalism vs. Peace journalism; review of feature writing; conflict resolving media; journalism ethics and visioning. — Sheila Covarrubias