Conflict-Sensitive Journalism and Content Creation: Theories and Practice (CSJ)
Daniel Fritz V. Silvallana (Philippines) and Datu Beds Kali (Philippines)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Conflict Transformation or Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice or an equivalent course or experience.
This course is designed for peacebuilding practitioners, media educators, information, communication and media officers of government, non-government and civil society organizations working in situations affected by conflict and violence.
This five-day course is designed so that participants will gain a grounded understanding on the theories and practices of Conflict-Sensitive Journalism (CSJ), and ways to integrate these principles to content creation and communications work.
Together with their relevant experiences and resources, the participants will become more adept at covering issues of violent conflict, crises, and emergencies. They will become more confident and skilled in accompanying their respective organizations and institutions in integrating conflict-sensitive journalism in their work and practices. Lastly, the participants will have realized the essence or the pivotal role of conflict-sensitive journalism and how it evolves into a community of practice that can help further enhance the norms of the craft.
Participants will learn through a participatory process that will include small group, peer-to-peer learning exchanges, roundtable and plenary discussion, case investigations, short presentations, and simulation.
DANIEL FRITZ V. SILVALLANA
Daniel Fritz V. Silvallana is a Lecturer in Communication and Conflict-sensitive Journalism at the Department of Communication Studies, Davao del Norte State College in Panabo City, Philippines. He has also taught public relations and communication research as a guest lecturer at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia and LSPR Communication and Business Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Fritz is a partner-teacher of Forum Civil Peace Service (Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst e.V. or forumZFD) in integrating conflict-sensitive journalism in the communication curricula within the Davao region of Mindanao. As part of this engagement, he is one of the co-authors of the book, The Conflict-Sensitive Journalism Teaching Guide: Philosophy and Practice.
Fritz is an active member of the Media Educators of Mindanao and an alumnus of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute. He is currently working on a research project that investigates how conflict in the case of the 2017 Marawi Siege is understood, viewed and enacted in media reporting. Fritz is also the author of several journal articles on dialogic digital media and teachers as digital immigrants. He received his MA in Development Communication from the University of the Philippines Open University.
DATU BEDS KALI
Datu Beds “Veds” Kali is a conflict transformation and peacebuilding practitioner who focuses on youth empowerment, conflict-sensitive journalism, and social innovation. As a junior advisor for GIZ-Civil Peace Service Philippines, he co-leads the development and design of media projects and workable mechanisms together with their partner media organizations in Mindanao.
Veds designed “Championing Holistic Transformation of Media Practice” or CHAMP, an intensive project that aims to support journalists and media practitioners to integrate conflict-sensitive journalism in their practice. The project led to the development of the Community of Practice (CoP), a resource for conflict-sensitive journalists. He also co-produces a podcast called VOX POP where he and his co-hosts discuss relevant cross-cutting issues. Veds is an alumnus of the Future Bridging Leaders Program, a year-long leadership development program and social innovation laboratory based on the core principles of the Bridging Leadership framework from the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City, Philippines.