PMA announces major projects for 2023

21st February 2023
PMA’s work in favour of public service journalism continues to receive support, including three major projects for 2023.
Audience members in attendance at the Sunday 6 March 2022 International Women's Day event, as part of PMA's Crisis Management Project held in Haiti (Credit: Institut PANOS / Joseph Steevens Samuel)

The Public Media Alliance (PMA) Is pleased to announce three, externally-funded projects for 2023, kindly supported by our partners: UNESCO Bangkok & the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), the Grace Wyndham Goldie (BBC) Trust Fund, and the University of Westminster.

The projects – ranging from digital journalism, gender reporting, and sustainability – will benefit journalists from Sub-Saharan Africa; media workers and NGOs from Southeast Asia; and global public media organisations and academics.

“PMA’s work this year will continue to increase the capacity of media stakeholders to combat some of the existing and emerging threats facing public media, society, and democracy. The continued support we receive from our partners also demonstrates the recognised value PMA can provide on a global scale, and we look forward to strengthening our partnerships with like-minded organisations this year and beyond.”

Jas Chandler, PMA Projects & Membership Manager

Alongside its own projects, PMA will continue to collaborate with and support other organisations on external events and projects.

Here’s a look at our 2023 slate of projects!

Public Media Sustainability

Where: London, United Kingdom

When: June 2023

It is increasingly common for public service media (PSM) to report on sustainability issues, particularly regarding the environment. This reporting forms part of wider efforts that must collectively be taken by individuals and organisations to address the climate crisis. But what more can public media do to address sustainability – not just in terms of their own environmental credentials but the overall sustainability of their organisations?

In June, the Public Media Alliance will be running a workshop, “Towards a sustainable future for Public Service Media”, supported by the University of Westminster and developed in partnership with The International Association of Public Media Researchers (IAPMR).

The invitation-only workshop will bring together academics and public media representatives working on sustainability.

It offers an opportunity for a frank discussion and knowledge exchange on sustainability and PSM, reflecting on recent strategies in a rapidly changing media landscape. Together, media practitioners and academics will work to identify what should be done next in terms of sustainability and PSM.

The workshop will feature roundtable sessions to bring together the perspectives of public media practitioners and academics on PSM sustainability, alongside presentations on the various aspects of sustainability.

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Digital Journalism

Where: Windhoek, Namibia

When: June 2023

Our digital journalism project for Sub-Saharan African journalists is supported by The Grace Wyndham Goldie (BBC) Trust Fund and developed in partnership with The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

The project will ensure that broadcast journalists in Sub-Saharan Africa stay abreast of the latest technology-driven investigative techniques, including different approaches to accessing information. They will acquire skills to protect themselves and their sources, particularly when communicating electronically and discerning fact from fiction.

The project will be held in Namibia and aimed at journalists from across Southern Africa. It will feature the following activities:

  • A two-day investigative journalism capacity-building workshop for broadcast journalists
  • An online webinar
  • A toolkit guide on investigative journalism in the digital age
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Gender-Sensitive Journalism

Where: Bangkok, Thailand

When: September 2023

Our gender-sensitive journalism project for Southeast Asian media workers and CSOs/NGOs is supported by UNESCO Bangkok and the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

The project aims to create an ongoing collaboration between gender-focused CSOs/NGOs and media institutions in five Southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. The project aims to enable CSOs/NGOs and the media to work collaboratively together to produce more transparent, relevant, responsive, and accessible content on gender issues.

The project will culminate in the production of country-specific action plans, developed with input from participating broadcasters and CSOs/NGOs.

Key project activities include:

  • Regional situation report on five countries specifically about how greater media participation can help to bring about changes in social attitudes and gender equity with a focus on violence against women and girls (VAWG)
  • Two-day capacity building workshop in Bangkok Gender NGOs and media makers to raise awareness and develop skills on how to combat gender discrimination and gender-based censorship within the media and develop regional action plans
  • Two webinars to discuss project objectives and the resulting situation report and action plans
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Projects' partners

Public Media Alliance

Featured image: Audience members in attendance at the Sunday 6 March 2022 International Women’s Day event, as part of PMA’s Crisis Management Project held in Haiti Credit: Institut PANOS / Joseph Steevens Samuel