14.01.2013 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Journalists in Jordan trained on investigative reporting skills to cover elections

©UNESCO AMMANpart of the training.

As part of its project to improve the quality of election reporting in Jordan, the UNESCO Amman Office concluded its five-day workshop with the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). The workshop – running from the 7th to 14th of January 2013 – trained 13 television and print journalists on how to cover the parliamentary and municipal elections in Jordan using in-depth reporting techniques that promotes transparency and accountability.

UNESCO’s project on Enhancing Professional and Accurate Media Reporting on the Electoral Process is part of the organization’s efforts to boost a culture of media excellence ahead of the two national elections of 2013 (parliamentary on the 23rd of January and municipal planned for June) and to enhance the country's overall political reform. The project involves working with a number of local, regional and international partners to conduct a series of training workshops for Jordanian media professionals and stakeholders so that they are better able to report on the electoral process.

In the five-day workshop run by ARIJ, the journalists are being trained on the basics of investigative journalism including content from ARIJ/UNESCO’s manual "Story-based Inquiry", Computer Assisted Reporting tools, legal safeguards and multimedia skills.

ARIJ is the region's leading not-for-profit network promoting the culture of investigative reporting among journalists, editors and university professors in nine Arab states since 2006. ARIJ provides training, funding, coaching and pre-publication legal screening to journalists in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq and Tunisia keen on exposing an issue of interest to their local communities.

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