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WACC's JOURNAL
Media Development 2018-2

Journalism that serves the public interest

At the heart of this issue of Media Development lies an opinion piece written by the editor- in-chief of The Guardian newspaper and first published on 16 November 2017. In a world where balance and truth in news coverage appear to be at a premium and where social media often promote fake news and misinformation, public service media remain an urgent necessity.
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Youth Building Peace in Colombia

This project sought to engage youth and adolescents in the town of Arauquita, department of Arauca, in the Colombian Orinoco region, in media-based initiatives to build peace in their communities. Building on the momentum of the peace agreements reached in Colombia in 2016 between the state and the FARC, the project sought to enable youth in Arauquita to use media to create support networks and protect themselves from other armed actors in their communities that might fill the void left by the FARC, as well as to promote their participation and engagement in local peace initiatives.

82 adolescents (38 boys and 44 girls) from 12 schools in Arauquita, including 2 Indigenous schools, who constituted the core team of participants. They benefited from 8 training sessions on peace, rights, and media production. This resulted in the establishment of media clubs in each school where students had the opportunity to use media to tell their stories. The team at each school produced numerous videos and radio programmes, most of which were broadcast at each school and via Arauquita Estereo 88.3 FM, the local community radio station. This process enabled most participants to get a better understanding of the 2016 Peace Agreement between the FARC and the Colombian state, as well as to develop a greater sense of belonging to their city.

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