The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) through the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) have completed a three-day training for 30 journalists from 8 different regions in South Sudan at Juba Regency in Juba from 23-25 May 2017. Participants were drawn from 17 television, radio, online and print media houses.
Building on a similar training that was conducted last year in November, this training aimed to promote journalistic competence in reporting, especially in the current context of South Sudan, promote regular publishing of accurate, timely, non-sensational, reliable, and objective UN oriented stories and to strengthen the relationship between the UN and national media houses in the country.
Speaking at the opening of the training, IOM’s Media and Communications Officer and the UNCG co-chair, Ashley McLaughlin, thanked the journalists for tirelessly working to disseminate information to areas that are very hard to reach in the country.
“We rely heavily on your skills and dedication to share information with communities that need assistance,” she said.
Facilitated by a media consultant from Kenya, Ms. Judie Kaberia and a national counterpart, Yokwe Silvano,this training brought together experts from different agencies including UNESCO, UNFPA, UNEP, and UNDP. Sessions included reporting on SDGs and business, sexual gender based violence, environment, investigative reporting and the role of the media in peacebuilding.
As a follow up to this training, the UNCG will continue working with the 30 participants throughout the year to monitor their progress since gaining more skills on reporting under the different thematic areas.
On 25 May, a media forum was conducted to discuss health issues affecting South Sudan and the efforts to prevent and treat cholera. Health experts; Dr Argata Guracha from WHO and Dr. Beldina Gikundi from IOM, made presentations and then facilitated a question and answer session with reporters from various media houses.
At the end of this event, participants socialized members of the communications group at a meet and greet in order to network among each other. They were also each awarded a certificate of participation. The communications group will be implementing two more media forums this year on pertinent issues that the UN is addressing in South Sudan.