The Press and Politics

Democracy Development Programme

The Democracy Development Programme’s (DDP) mission is to deepen democracy through the promotion of good governance, democratic governance and social justice. DDP’s vision is to advocate for an active citizenry that can hold those in power to account, and a society in which our constitutionally enshrined Bill of Rights yields tangible benefits for all, especially those living on the margins.
DDP is hosting a Master Training Workshop from 7-9 March 2016 in Durban.

How community-driven media can cover elections and unite the democratic process.

Better civic awareness should help people make better decisions at the ballot box, which is why the media is often enlisted to help promote key issues – especially during an election cycle. In addition, the media does try to use its platform to tell truth to power.

However, without public input, South Africa’s mainstream media outlets often ignore alternative perspectives on key issues and end up simply reinforcing their own biases or underlying beliefs. In effect, and perhaps unwittingly, the media are increasing the country’s cultural polarisation instead of helping us reconcile our differences.

This is why community-driven media and their unique perspectives are so important. These journalists can cover key issues from a variety of angles and help the broader public understand their wider affect.

Thuynsma & Associates Heather A. Thuynsma this intense workshop is aimed at community-driven media and intends to bolster their ability to cover key issues ahead of and during the 2016 Elections. The 3-day course intends to help journalists, citizen journalists, station producers, and editors refine their skills to:

Facilitated by respected consultant and CEO of;

  • Appreciate and critically comment on political issues and election dynamics;
  • Trust their instincts to explore good political stories at the grassroots level;
  • Sharpen their writing, editing and reporting skills;
  • Become more comfortable with political and social science research methods and results; and
  • Help them work with civil society organisations more effectively.

This workshop is funded by the DDP. Max of 2 relevant people per organisation can apply. No costs will be charged, but you will have to commit to completing assignments such as compiling a blog submission. In addition, all applications need to submit their CVs upon registration. Successful applicants will be informed by email.

Heather A. Thuynsma is a private political consultant, and Research Associate and Adjunct Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Science, and has published articles on human rights education for the UN and the IEC.
 
She obtained her MA in Applied Politics from the University of Akron (Ohio), and attended Yale Law School to complete her specialisation in fundraising and political campaign strategy.

For more information and to participate, refer to http://ddp.org.za/calendar/advocacy-workshop-the-press-and-politics.

For more about the Democracy Development Programme, refer to www.ddp.org.za.

Event Start Date: 
Monday, 7 March, 2016
Event End Date: 
Wednesday, 9 March, 2016
Event Venue: 
Diakonia Centre, 20 Diakonia Ave, Durban
Event Type: 
Workshop
Location: 
Durban

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