Training journalists worldwide - by Simon Derry, Programme Development Manager, World Service Trust
"I will try as much as possible to balance my story by giving each person involved an opportunity to react. And I will see that personal interest doesn't appear on my report. I will stick to the editorial values strictly".
Ethel Obiakor from Nigeria wrote this after attending a conflict reporting course, run as part of a two-year journalism programme in Nigeria, provided by the BBC World Service Trust and funded by the European Union.
World Service Trust
The Trust – an independent charity and the only international development arm of the BBC - has extensive experience working in countries where access to accurate, fair and objective information is often limited.
Its training unit has run projects in Angola, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Rwanda. These range from two-week courses to large scale programmes over three to five years.
In fractured societies like Afghanistan and Somalia, the Trust has been working with journalists to develop professional ethics and to sew the seeds of independent, accurate and objective working as a basis for good journalism.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the BBC World Service was invited to run journalism training programmes in the Former Soviet Union and East and Central Europe. This led to the establishment of schools of journalism in Bosnia and Russia.
In Montenegro, the charity is working with the management team of the state broadcaster, RCTG, to develop strategies that help change and improve its finance, human resources and production departments.
Broadcasters in Russia, Bosnia and a number of African countries have also taken part in these management programmes.
Funding for the unit comes from the Department for International Development and the Foreign Office in the United Kingdom.
It also receives money from The European Union and foundations like Ford, Asia and Soros.
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