Ethiopia

Internews’ five-year project (2006-2010) provided some of the only in-country training, technical assistance and support to the media sector in Ethiopia. It developed and delivered tailored training for journalists, editors, government PR professionals and health implementers. The Federal Ministry of Health said that the partnership with Internews directly contributed to more constructive engagement with the media.

Internews trained and mentored hundreds of journalists across all media platforms and achieved a number of firsts including an exhibition and book featuring photo essays by five professional news journalists and the first TV journalism training for the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA). Other highlights included HIV reporting curriculum for Addis Ababa University’s Department of Journalism. Internews’ focus on building sustainable skills was described by one participant in the project’s final independent evaluation as causing “a revolution in media history.”

Internews’ work in Ethiopia has been funded by USAID.

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    Saturday, July 23, 2011

    Many stories were being produced, but coverage of the issue was lacking in background and the voices of people living with disabilities were under-represented.

    Disability remains an under-reported issue in the Ethiopian media, with many journalists uncomfortable about addressing this issue because of social taboos. To help journalists gain an understanding of the issues and report them accurately and appropriately, Internews convened a roundtable and invited Handicap International and local disability NGO Equal Opportunity.

  • Internews Develops Health Reporting Curriculum for Addis Ababa University

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010

    Internews Ethiopia developed the Reporting HIV/AIDS curriculum for the MA in Journalism and Communication, and the flexible format can be delivered either in the classroom or as a distance/online module.

    Course Content

    Course content includes an examination of media approaches and responsibilities in reporting HIV and the portrayal of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and marginalized risk groups. It explores issues of cultural and social opposition, stigmatizing language and appropriate sources and resources, all in the Ethiopian context.