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GMMP seeks country coordinators for parts of Asia and Eastern Europe

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By Staff on July 16, 2019   Volunteers take a snapshot of  how women and men are represented in the day’s news in Bangladesh during the 2015 Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP). Photo: Contributed The Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), scheduled for 2020, is still in need of volunteer national coordinators for several countries in Asia and Eastern Europe. Volunteer coordinating… Read more »

Developing a global spirit of compassion

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By Philip Lee on July 12, 2019 Youth and climate stand out at UN forum on sustainable development. Pictured here: Youth Strike for Climate Action protest in Bath, United Kingdom on May 24, 2019.​ Photo: Ben Warick-Champion/Shutterstock Nations across the world now have an “unprecedented opportunity to talk to each other and learn from each other”, Inga Rhonda King, President of… Read more »

Narrow the gaps! The United Nations is listening

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   The UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is underway at the UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Philip Lee UN meetings are often bureaucratic. This one has a sense of urgency. With its rather dull title, the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is taking place in New York 9-18 July 2019. Its theme is “Empowering people… Read more »

SDGs bound to fail without civil society, access to information

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  Women march together in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016,  in Dhawa, a village in the Gorkha District of Nepal. The banner reads, “106th International Women’s Day” and “Implement the Constitution and Guarantee Women’s Rights.” Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance  The growing trend of shrinking civic spaces around the world is likely to end or reverse progress… Read more »

WACC welcomes new summer intern

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By Staff on July 05, 2019 Olivia Michael, WACC’s new intern, at WACC’s office in Toronto. Photo: Marites Sison Olivia Michael – an incoming third year student this fall at the University of Toronto, where she is pursuing a double major in health studies and sociology –  has joined WACC for a two-month internship. Michael said the fact that WACC has… Read more »

WACC to send delegates to Madrid conference on communication, technology & human dignity

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By Staff on July 03, 2019   Located within Cibeles Palace, home to Madrid City Hall, this large courtyard covered with an immense glass dome, will host the IAMCR opening ceremony. Photo: Madrid City Hall. Program managers Sarah Macharia and Lorenzo Vargas will represent WACC at the 2019 International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference, scheduled July 7 to… Read more »

Nepalese Indigenous radio technicians become more handy

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By Staff on July 02, 2019 Nepalese radio technicians learn techniques for disconnecting a transmitter to protect it from lightning, and for preventing and removing viruses from computers, among other things, during a workshop organized by Indigenous Community Radio Network (ICRN), a WACC partner. Photo: Courtesy of ICRN From tightening an antenna to changing a busted fuse, 24 Nepalese community radio… Read more »

Queen’s University student grateful for ‘diverse’ internship experience at WACC

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By Staff on June 28, 2019 Gabrielle Sweeny-Tobin is finishing a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Global Development Studies at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ont. Photo: M. Sison Gabrielle Sweeny-Tobin, a Queen’s University student with a keen interest in the intersection of development, communications, and human rights, is wrapping up her internship at WACC and is leaving, she said,  with… Read more »

By journalists for journalists: e-learning toolkit on migration reporting

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To celebrate World Refugee Day 2019, the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) released a new e-learning platform for media professionals who want to enhance their work covering migration. The e-Media Toolkit addresses issues such as ethical reporting, how to treat people fairly and with dignity, balancing accuracy, impartiality and humanity, and the importance of providing contextual, balanced information. Developed… Read more »

Chiapas community radio promotes communication rights, Indigenous self-determination

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By Staff on June 25, 2019    Media production participants interview a Chiapas local as part of their training. Photo: Courtesy of Clacpi A WACC-supported project involving an Indigenous community radio in Chiapas, Mexico, has resulted in the production of 12 programmes on topics such as women’s rights, Indigenous rights and heritage, communication rights, land rights, self-determination and the environment. The… Read more »