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Is Media Development Useful in Supporting Sustainable Development in Africa? – Audio

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Audio – Discussion with Journalists from Internews about why media development is a critical tool for supporting sustainable development efforts in Africa and why funders should support it.  Internews work with local journalists to improve coverage of sustainable development issues.  It examined the importance of funder engagement in supporting African journalists and media in covering sustainable development in Africa and the access of African journalists to global negotiations summits such as at Rio+20.

Internews also shared plans for an online, interactive map of central and eastern Africa that provides geographic data and news stories focusing on a variety of issues such as palm oil exploitation, biodiversity, poaching, drought, climate change, energy, and pollution.

Speakers: David Akana, Freelance Journalist and Consultant and Co-founder for the African Network of Environmental Journalists

James Fahn, Internews, Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs and Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network

Moderator:  Talaya Grimes, Communication and Program Managaer, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group                         

Date: Monday, November 15, 2012

Discussion of Internews work to support mainstream media journalists around the world to cover development issues and specifically lays out challenges journalists face in covering sustainable development issues. Plans for Internews’ online interactive initiative to map environmental issues in Central Africa is shared.

Speaker: James Fahn, Internews, Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs and Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network 

Sustainable development issues in Central Africa are discussed including current problems associated with logging and the growth of palm oil agribusiness and climate change. Plans for Internews’ initiative to create an online, interactive map to chart environmental issues in Central Africa are shared.

Speaker: David Akana, Freelance Journalist and Consultant and Co-founder for the African Network of Environmental Journalists

Q&A: How would a funder best bring together journalists to cover an issue a foundation is funding in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Speaker: James Fahn, Internews, Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs and Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network

 Q&A: What are some examples of useful capacity building activities for journalists?
Speaker:  James Fahn, Internews, Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs and Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network 

Q&A:  Some funders are hesitant to engage commercial media or state media outlets, when should funders engage with mainstream media in a African community or country?

Speakers: James Fahn, Internews, Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs and Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network

David Akana, Freelance Journalist and Consultant and Co-founder for the African Network of Environmental Journalists

Q&A:  Can you give your perspective on how much progress there has been made toward the inclusion of more women journalists and the coverage of gender issues in Africa?

Speaker:  David Akana, Freelance Journalist and Consultant and Co-founder for the African Network of Environmental Journalists

Q&A: How does Internews approach media development of journalists in difficult settings like conflict or post-conflict countries or in very rural areas?

Speaker: James Fahn, Internews, Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs and Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network 

Q&A:  How can funders connect to journalism networks in Africa?

Speaker: James Fahn, Internews, Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs and Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network

Q&A:  How does social media fit into media development work of Internews and how useful is it in getting news on sustainable development issues?

Speakers: James Fahn, Internews, Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs and Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network  

David Akana, Freelance Journalist and Consultant and Co-founder for the African Network of Environmental Journalists