Reporting on Elections in Africa: An Online Workshop for Journalists

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There are numerous elections set to take place in Africa in 2016. The media will play a critical role in this democratic process before, during and after the polls close.  Election reporting in Africa is challenging. Journalists face a host of obstacles, ranging from restrictions on press freedom to difficulties reporting from locations where there is limited polling or voting outcome data.

 

The virtual workshop will introduce journalists in the region to best practices in election reporting as well as the opportunity to interact with international journalists experienced in election coverage in Africa and beyond.

 

Workshop speakers will introduce and reinforce professional standards in the many aspects of reporting on elections and address the importance an impartial media and its relationship with both the government and the general public during the electoral process.  The workshop will address:

 

  • Election processes
  • Covering campaigns (i.e., analyzing content of candidates’ electoral programs/speeches, polling information, candidates’ debate coverage)
  • Journalists’ rights to information during an election
  • The difference between journalists and election observers
  • How to prepare a coverage plan
  • Personal safety during election coverage
  • Post-election reporting

 

The speakers are experienced journalists who are familiar with the challenges of reporting on elections on the continent (bios below).

 

WORKSHOP DATES

 

English workshop:  Tuesday, February 16 from 13:30- 15:00 GMT

Introduction: Eric Chinje, CEO, African Media Initiative
Moderator: Jerelyn Eddings, Senior Program Director ICFJ, Knight International Journalism Fellowships

Speaker: Judy Yablonky, Media Consultant and Journalism Trainer

 

French workshop: Wednesday, February 17 from 15:00- 16:30 GMT
Introduction: Eric Chinje, CEO, African Media Initiative

Moderator: Eduardo Cue, International Journalist and Media Consultant

Speaker: Daniel Glick, co-founder of The Story Group, an independent, multimedia journalism company.

 

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKSHOPS

Reporters, editors, producers, bloggers and anyone reporting or writing about elections in their country.

 

RSVP

RSVP to afmediahub@state.gov and indicate the requested date/language.  We will then send you the online link for the workshop.  Please submit RSVPs at least 24 hours prior to the start of program.

 

 

Moderators & Speakers bios

English

 

Jerri Eddings is a senior program director with the International Center for Journalists, whose Knight International Journalism Fellowships are empowering journalists in sub-Saharan Africa to use the latest digital tools to tell compelling stories on health and development issues.   Ms. Eddings has extensive experience in the United States and Africa as a reporter, editor, television producer and director of media capacity building programs.  She served as managing editor of Africa programming for Howard University Television (WHUT), a PBS station in Washington, DC (2002-04).   She also served as director of the Freedom Forum’s Africa media center in Johannesburg, South Africa (1997-2002).   In addition, she served as the Atlanta bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report (1994-97).  Prior to that, she worked as a foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun and then U.S. News, covering the final years of apartheid and South Africa’s first democratic elections.

 

Judy Yablonky is an international journalist and media consultant with more than 35 years’ experience in international media. She started her international career in 1977 as a foreign correspondent covering southern Africa for the Associated Press from Johannesburg.  Since 1991, she has specialized in seminars and media training programs for over 2,000 professional journalists and politicians in 30-plus countries in Africa, as well as in Eastern Europe and Nepal. She has worked with a dozen different international organizations as a trainer, including: The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Soros Foundation, the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, the International Alliance for Justice, and le Centre pour les Journalistes et les Communicateurs (CAPJC).   She also has taught courses at universities in Moldova and South Africa.  She is fluent in French and lives near Paris.

 

French

 

Eduardo Cue is a high-level communications officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, serving in New York and Africa (Mali and South Sudan) and has worked as an international journalist at leading broadcast and print news organizations for over 20 years (CNN, AP, UPI, US World News and Report, France24, Televisa and The Times). Cue has over 20 years’ experience as a media trainer, leading journalism seminars in more than 30 African countries for university students and professional journalists. These included teaching basic journalistic practice, journalism ethics, the role of the media in emerging democracies, and the relationship between the media and the military, as well as speaking frequently before civil society groups and local politicians on the continent.

 

Daniel Glick is the co-founder of The Story Group, an independent, multimedia journalism company formed in 2009, and based in Colorado. He is a journalist with 25 years of magazine writing experience, including 13 years with Newsweek and as a freelance contributor. He has written for National Geographic, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, theWashington Post Magazine and more. He has developed and conducted numerous journalism training programs, including during the time he was a Knight International Press Fellow in Algiers (2006), and a 2011 program in Gabon.

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