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Training workshop for mainstream media in investigative reporting

PIWA is implementing in Côte d’Ivoire a project entitled "Promoting during the post-conflict period, a more favorable media environment for women's rights to information and communication in Côte d'Ivoire." This project receives technical and financial support of UNESCO, backed-up by DANIDA and CFI.

After strengthening the capacity of local radios on methodologies that now allow them to initiate a debate within their areas, it was essential during this training to link this work with country wide dimension in order to reach decision-makers at a higher level. That is the reason why this training on investigative journalism was organized from the 7 to 10 May 2014 in Abidjan.

The trained journalists will be asked to conduct extensive and documented investigations on violations of women's rights during the conflict. This requires from them (editors and journalists) a commitment and an effort to produce a more balanced and ethical information on women in the context of national reconciliation.

During the four days, 6 reporters’ journalists and 6 desk heads or chief editors have worked together with the facilitation of Agnes Kraidy.

The journalists were selected based on the results from the study following a call for restricted applications from which each medium appoints a team consisting of a reporter and a responsible person for the content of the paper (chief editor or his deputy, chief of desk or senior reporter).

One television, four mainstream radios, one online media and two radio stations based in Abidjan have sent women journalists among whom a program officer and two chiefs of desk. A selection done by REFJPCI has enabled representation from all the bodies of media.

As in most of its training sessions, PIWA has suggested to the participants that they start the first day with thematic reminders based on the results from the study in order to discuss why the role and image of women should be improved. Some reminders were also made ??on "women and governance."

The remaining days of the training were dedicated to investigative journalism, its characteristics, the methodology of survey by assumptions and the questioning of sources. Investigative journalistic writing and editorial genres have prepared the participants to be good journalists for a better press in Cote d'Ivoire.

As part of the training each journalist will publish at least two reports on the issues raised by the study.