The European Journalism Centre released the Spanish and Swahili language versions of its Making the Media Work for You - A Guide for Civil Society Organisations on 14 September, 2015.
The media communications guide, first launched in early 2015 in English, was translated into Spanish in cooperation with Bolivian local partner Fundacion para el Periodismo (FPP), as part of the European Journalism Centre’s five year media development commitment to the country as a member of the Press Freedom 2.0 consortium.
The Swahili translation was produced in Kenya jointly with Press Freedom 2.0 consortium memberMensen met een Missie, and their partners that are members of the Kenya Peace Network.
Both versions are available for free download below.
Making the Media Work for You is a publication and resource by the European Journalism Centre specifically designed for civil society organisation communicators. Co-authored by veteran Reuters journalists Lisa Essex and Oliver Wates, and social media whiz Brandon Oelofse of Vuselela Media, the Guide provides practical, cost-effective strategies for organisations that seek to raise and maintain their visibility and impact both in the real and virtual worlds. It also tackles some of the common misconceptions so often found between journalists and civil society organisations.
Making the Media Work for You ‘s content is multi-faceted and accessible: from hyper-local strategies like initiating and maintaining relationships with local journalists to organising social media fueled national campaigns, the Guide’s authors never stray far from the reality of limited communication resources that beset many civil society organisations—where media outreach can often be an afterthought rather than a priority.
Making the Media Work for You hopes to fill that gap, by providing practical advice, strategies and examples of how those tasked with communicating can really make a difference. The Guide is filled with real-world experiences from journalists, non-government and governmental entities, and campaigners. It will give you confidence and advice to ensure your organisations are heard.
Part of the EJC’s five-year Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs sponsored project Press Freedom 2.0, Making the Media Work for You is a collaborative effort of the consortium partners led by EJC which includes Free Press Unlimited, World Press Photo, Mensen met een Missie and theEuropean Partnership for Democracy. The Guide is wholly based on the collective experiences of media strategy capacity building initiatives in Bolivia, Georgia, Kenya and South Africa. Photos were provided courtesy of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Kenyan photojournalist Sami M Khan.