Initiated in May 2022, this program was designed to bolster the reporting capacities of African female journalists, specifically focusing on peace and security issues with a solutions-oriented approach.
Training and Mentorship
- The program commenced with intensive training in solutions journalism for peace and security reporting, including gendered perspectives, for a group of 100 selected journalists.
- Five standout journalists from Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya were mentored as fellows over four months. They crafted compelling stories centered on gendered aspects of peace and security, contributing unique insights to the discourse.
- Three comprehensive courses were developed, covering solutions journalism approaches to peace and security reporting, gendered aspects of conflict reporting, and engaging with policy mechanisms in this domain.
- Utilizing the AWiM Learning platform, journalists deepened their understanding of global, continental, and local policies concerning peace and security, refining their professional roles in advocating and reporting on such policies.
- The fellows produced four in-depth feature stories each month, exhibiting dedication and passion. These stories, with a distinct gendered lens, underwent a rigorous process from pitching to approval, showcasing the journalists’ commitment and adherence to ethical reporting principles.
- Through workshops and editorial guidance, the fellows honed their skills in ethical reporting, sourcing, pitch revision, and engaging policy actors, ensuring the highest journalistic standards.
Impact and Achievements
Enhanced Reporting Landscape
- The program’s conclusion marks a milestone, leaving behind a legacy of 100 competent journalists capable of producing solution-focused stories on women in relation to Peace and Security in Africa.
- There has been a notable surge in reporting on gendered aspects of peace and security across African media, bridging the gender gap in content creation.
Beneficiaries expressed profound gratitude and highlighted personal and professional growth, citing the program’s invaluable contribution to their careers and perspectives on women’s roles in ensuring peace and security.
The AWiM Peace and Security Journalism Programme stands as a testament to the power of empowering women journalists in reshaping narratives and contributing to a more informed, gender-sensitive, and impactful media landscape in Africa. As journalists continue to leverage their enriched skills and perspectives, the program’s impact resonates across diverse communities, striving for a more peaceful and equitable society.