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4 August 2017 No Comment

Prof Steven Youngblood explaining the essence of Peace Journalism to Media Professionals at the workshop.

By Solomon Agborem
Media professionals drawn from both the public and private media organs in the South West Region have been equipped with the necessary skills to cover stories during period of crisis and social unrest with a view to creating an enabling environment for peace and social cohesion. The workshop organized by the Cameroon Community Media Network, the U.S Embassy, the Centre for Global Peace and the PCC held July 28-29, 2017 at the Synod Office in Buea.
The workshop attended by over 40 participants, focused on Peace Journalism and Electoral Reporting. During the two days of brainstorming and lecture from Prof. Steven Youngblood Director of the Centre for Global Peace Journalism the resource person from U.S.A schooled participants on the difference between Peace/ Conflict Journalism and Traditional/War Journalism.
He stressed that Peace Journalism is peace, facts, people and solution oriented while the traditional journalism looks at war, propaganda, elite and victory oriented. Prof. Steven Youngblood went on to urge the journalists to be peace ambassadors by way of being proactive, consider the consequences of their report, offer counter narratives and debunk media created or perpetuated stereotypes, myths and misconceptions.
Speaking at the close of the workshop, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon Rt. Rev Samuel Fonki saluted the organizers and challenged media professionals to stand by the truth. The Moderator further called on them to be objective in their reporting so as to build an upright society. Other guests such as the representative of the U.S Ambassador Mr. Gerald Chila stated that the U.S Embassy shall continue to support peace initiatives especially on issues that touch on the Socio-economic and political environment of Cameroon. He also announced various professional training programs for journalists available in the United States.
At the end of the workshop, the participants through the National President of the Cameroon Community Media Network Rev Geraldine Forba assured the various stakeholders that knowledge acquired will be put into effective use. The workshop was under the supervision of Alexander Vojvoda the Community Manager of CBS Radio Buea.

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