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 »

WACC urges communicators to raise awareness about refugees, migrants on World Refugee Day

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By Staff on June 20, 2019 Rohingya refugees carry emergency shelter materials and food at Kutupalong Refugee Camp near Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, where ACT Alliance members provide humanitarian support. More than 600,000 Rohingya fled government-sanctioned violence in Myanmar in 2017. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance Today, June 20, is World Refugee Day and WACC is calling on communicators to “create greater awareness… Read more »

‘A new way of doing radio’ in Oaxaca and Hidalgo

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  Community radio stations now have a “greater capacity to operate in a context marked by growing threats to freedom of expression, collective rights, and Indigenous rights,” said the organizers of the media training. Photo: Japexunk Investigación y Comunicación para el Desarrollo S.C. Twelve women and 12 men from 10 community and Indigenous radio stations in the states of Oaxaca… Read more »