Challenging fake news
Fake news is a trending topic worldwide, but for many journalists it is – unfortunately – old news. Janet Anderson is course leader of RNTC’s Investigative Journalism courses. How does she deal with the issue of fake news in this course?
“Fake news is a relatively new term, but it’s a problem that all journalists recognise as a long term problem. In many countries, especially in the lead up to elections, there are claims and lies, and the media can often find themselves manipulated.
Every Photo Counts as Proof
Local Cambodian Refresher Course participant Sareth Choun takes a selfie with his Women's Media Centre colleagues and RNTC trainer Shaun Matsheza.
Participant Disha Arora caught the moment. And so many other moments. Not a single photo opportunity was missed during the course. Every meal, every assignment, every outing, every dance, every presentation, all possible combinations of participants and trainers... there is a photo. Or: differently put, there is proof.
RNTC alumna starts “Women Writing Women”
“When your President catcalls a female member of the media in a national press conference and so many people laugh, I think it's time to draw the line.” Chi Laigo Vallido, independent filmmaker and Director for Programs and Advocacy of the Forum for Family Planning, an NGO in the Philippines, speaks from her heart. Meetings with Cambodian women’s organisations during her RNTC Refresher Course sparked her to start the online media platform “Women Writing Women.”
We Love Stories + We Love Experimentation
I love experimenting, especially at conferences. Janet Anderson, my colleague at RNW Media (RNTC is part of RNW), and I have just returned from the Radio Days Africa Conference, at the University of Witwatersrand, known locally as Wits. We were there to present RNW Media and RNTC’s work to media professionals from all over the continent.
Media Professionals and Rule of Law Practitioners – are we missing each other?
It is tough to be a media and communications professional in a world of development types. On the one hand, many think that media is ‘cool’ and exciting. Some even recognize that it is increasingly relevant in our highly connected world. On the other hand, security experts tend to find journalists rather scary, and academic researchers believe that news is almost always superficial and everyone feels social media can be too ‘shouty’.