The 7th Annual Peace Journalism Workshop

MAP and DWA organized the Conflict-sensitive Reporting – Training of Trainers

The Media Assosciation for Peace (MAP) in partnership with the Deutsche Welle Akademie (DWA), supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), organized the 7th Annual Peace Journalism Workshop 2018 entitled “Conflict-sensitive Reporting – Training of Trainers”. The 5-day traning took place at Le Commodore-Hamra Hotel in Beirut from the 1st till the 5th of February 2018.

15 participants have attended the training, students and graduates in media from Lebanese universities and professional journalists. They received sessions on conflict, media ethics, and peace journalism. Vanessa Bassil the Executive Director of MAP, started the workshop welcoming the participants and thanking MAP partners DWA and BMZ for their support.

On the first day, participants discussed the concept of conflict including the different types, causes, components, levels, and analysis tools. An intensive session on peace journalism was given to show its different application techniques, criteria and characteristics. On the second and third days the training tackled the role of media in covering conflicts, the importance of using a professional and sensitive language, and the techniques to apply the media code of ethics in the news coverage.

The trainers from MAP and DWA provided the participants with a number of examples and practical exercises that helped them understand the practice of conflict-sensitive reporting. On the fourth day, the participants were divided into five groups to produce conflict-sensitive articles covering local issues.  On the last day of the training the five groups assigments were evaluted according to the standards of conflict-sensitive journalism, which focuses mainly on the language, sources of information, objectivity, root causes of the conflict, and solutions.

 The second part of the workshop”Training of Trainers”, will begin on the 21st till the 25th of February in which the 15 participants will learn the different tehniques of training.