Supporting the development of independent media outlets in South-East Asia
Calendrier : September 2014 – April 2018 / Budget global : €960,000
Throughout 2017, 4M Asie contributed to the development of twelve data journalism projects and to the strengthening of thirty community media outlets in South-East Asia.
Following a call for applications launched in February, twelve data journalism projects by independent media outlets from seven countries in South-East Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) were selected. The teams enhanced their skills during three training sessions in Phnom Penh in May, Kuala Lumpur in July and Manila in October 2017. During the first workshop, participants learned the fundamental principles of data journalism and the associated editorial methods and the means for finding, analysing and interpreting data. The second session provided them with training in data visualisation. Finally, they learned how to present, monetise, organise, coordinate and complete a data journalism project.
At the end of this final workshop, the teams produced the documents required to complete and publish their investigation in 2018, such as the final pitch, the budget plan, the strategy for interacting with their communities or an impact study.
The transition from paper to digital and from daily press to investigative journalism is a complex issue for media outlets like ours, which do not necessarily have the appropriate tools. Thanks to this training, we have more confidence in our ability to adapt to these new challenges, to learn new ways of telling stories and to have an impact on our communities.
Marlon Alexander Luistro, chief editor of The Filipino Connection
Innovative tools and the collectivisation of resources
In 2017, 4M Asie also supported the development of online media outlets specialising local and community news. Thirty representatives of websites, blogs or radio stations in South-East Asia participated in a training session on innovative journalist tools and the creation of a network of community media outlets in the region. They discussed the issues and challenges of the participating media outlets in South-East Asia at a conference in Bangkok in July by addressing topics focusing on business models, news pluralism, data journalism and fake news. They then received training at one-week workshops, depending on their specialisation (radio, internet, blog), in innovative tools and collecting resources.
At the end of 2017, the members of the Alliance of Independant Journalists (AIJ) as well as the twelve chief editors of the community media outlets that contribute to Independen.id assessed the first year of existence of this Indonesian local news aggregator site, which was launched by the AJI in 2016 with the assistance of CFI. They were also made aware of the compilation of good journalistic practices on the internet; a guide modelled on that of the SPIIL (French Independent Online Press Union) was drafted before being adopted by the AIJ members.
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