Media is a key player on the battlefields of today’s conflicts.

The journalists’ voice decides if conflict parties are perceived as victims or perpetrators, as suffering human beings or as the “incarnate” evil. By “just reporting the facts” media constantly influences the course of events.

This new awareness of the role of journalists in conflict, gained through painful analysis of conflict and war coverage for the past 20 years, demands a redefinition of responsibility of all media practitioners. It requires reporters, editors and management to gain deeper understanding of conflict and develop new strategies, on how to report it without fanning the flames.

PECOJON – The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network (International) is rolling out its Peace and Conflict Journalism Training 1 on September 30 to October 3, 2011 at the Bohol Bee Farm, Bohol, Philippines.

According to International Coordinator Antonia Koop,“reporting conflict often feels like diving head on into a muddy pond; it is hard to get an idea of what is really going on with all the frogs, snails and other particles swirling around, blurring the view,” referring to how conflict reporting can be confusing which may either escalate or de-escalate conflict. Conflict Sensitive Journalism provides analytical tools to sift through the mess and allows journalists to get a better grasp on any complex situation. It is no additional baggage but a set of valuable tools for journalists to survive and master the most challenging work environments.”

Koop will be flying from the United Kingdom to facilitate the four-day long training.

Since 2004, PECOJON trains media practitioners on Conflict Sensitive Reporting with the goal of incorporating the techniques into mainstream journalism practice and education.

It has grown since to a network for journalists coming from all over the world, working together to mainstream quality reporting of conflict.

PECOJON International currently holds three main training courses, which are: Peace and Conflict Journalism 1 training – happening on this September. It discusses concepts of conflict, violence, and peace; provides methods of conflict analysis and conflict transformation; and introduces participants to the principles and strategies of Conflict Sensitive Journalism.

Other courses are: Peace and Conflict Journalism 2 training – follow-up course aims to deepen participants understanding of the concepts of Conflict Sensitive Journalism; and the Qualification Course for Peace and Conflict Journalism Trainers (PJ3) – which equips participants with teaching and training methodologies of CSJ.

Qualified to apply for PJ1 in September are print (newspaper & magazine), online, broadcast (tv and radio) journalists who are committed to attend both courses (PJ1 & PJ2). Journalists covering conflict, crisis and war are highly encouraged to apply.

Only fifteen (15) participants will be accepted for this course.

Accommodations, travel arrangements and meals during the course duration will be facilitated and arranged by PECOJON with exceptions but a registration fee will be collected during registration.

Deadline for submission of applications is on September 19, 2011. Interested should download the application form located on this page and send to Applicants may also fax their applications to 032-5055262.


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