Investigative Journalism from youth rights perspective in Lebanon
While young professional journalists working in the Arab countries are widely coming from Lebanese journalism schools and while young generations of reporters show an increasing interest in the Investigative journalism, this specialty remains a new area of study which is not yet taught at Arab universities including Lebanon. To make up for this shortcoming, UNESCO Beirut office organized a 3-day workshop on “Investigative Journalism from youth rights perspective in Lebanon” in partnership with the Lebanese American University (30 November to 2 December 2012).
Investigative Journalism often involving crime, political corruption or some other scandals is viewed as a free type of media. In some countries, governments are the only agents being allowed to control the “official” flow of information. Considered the lead agency in promoting freedom of expression and access to information and knowledge, UNESCO strives to enhance the quality of journalism.
The workshop aimed to develop the skills of senior students in media and journalism studies in Lebanon, while making them aware of their rights and informing them about the new framework of youth policy which was officially promulgated in this country during a national conference that was held at the same time.
Participant students were familiarized with ethical norms, writing and building investigative reportages techniques, conducting investigative interviews, together with youth rights and the framework of the new youth policy. In addition, this workshop provided an opportunity to provide practical recommendations to universities in integrating the investigative reporting approach into the university curricula.
The capacity development of young media professionals has been one of the key priorities identified in 2012 by the youth National Forum for the national youth policy organized by the UNESCO in Lebanon so as to strengthen the role of the media in monitoring the national youth policy in Lebanon.