Media Practitioners Trained on Conflict-Sensitive Reporting
The virtual training session received funding support from DW Akademie, facilitated by Stefanie Duckstein, a representative from the Germany-based training institution.
Lilongwe, Malawi - Today, 20 media practitioners from diverse media organizations enhanced their skills through a knowledge-sharing session on conflict-sensitive reporting organized by MISA Malawi, writes Tionge Hara.
The virtual training session received funding support from DW Akademie, facilitated by Sheila Mysorekar.
Mysorekar emphasised the pivotal role professional journalists play in presenting accurate and impartial news, highlighting that their objective isn't to diminish conflict but to provide an unbiased account of events.
She stressed that it is often through exemplary reporting that conflicts can be mitigated.
The training session delved into various aspects of conflict-sensitive journalism, including rules and examples, working in hostile environments, and more.
Participants were divided into four groups to engage in discussions on critical issues contributing to conflict, especially those that remain unaddressed due to political or other influences in the country.
MISA Malawi's Chairperson, Golden Matonga, expressed gratitude to DW Akademie for its financial and technical support, underscoring the significance of skill transfer in the field of journalism.
The chairperson encouraged journalists to remain attentive and dedicated to their professional growth.
Media practitioners from a wide spectrum of outlets attended the training, representing organisations such as AfricaBrief, Nation Newspaper, Times, Tuntufye Community Radio, Tigabane Radio, MBC, and the Public Relations Officer of the mining ministry.
This training initiative aims to equip journalists with the tools and knowledge required to report on conflicts in a sensitive and responsible manner, contributing to more informed and balanced reporting in Malawi.