Generations For Peace, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Amman, concluded the Media For Peace II training sessions at GFP’s headquarters in Amman.
The program presented as a step toward the sustainability of the “Media for Peace” tool, one of GFP’s leading tools for building sustainable peace at the grassroots level within the Jordanian and international societies.
In its second edition, the program included theoretical and practical sessions on topics that strengthen professional and balanced media content production to avoid incitement, strife, rumors, and misleading or fabricated news.
Through the trainings, the participants learnt how to use the latest tools and applications that allow them to verify the authenticity of information and sources, restricting the spread of fake or inaccurate media content and data with no verifiable sources.
A group of expert Jordanian and Arab media professionals and researchers in the media field conducted the training sessions. The trainers enhanced and built the efficiency and awareness of journalists and media professionals. They focused on ethics in Conflict Sensitive Reporting, Gender Sensitive Reporting, and Critical Media, promoting a concrete understanding of peacebuilding concepts to create responsible journalism, abiding by national responsibility, and preventing practices that fuel conflicts and disputes to serve the public interest.
In a step toward sustainability and impact, and to ensure the application of the concepts introduced during the training sessions, 11 follow-up sessions were conducted to integrate concepts of peaceful and balanced journalism into the participants’ daily work. During these sessions, a committee of experts and specialists advised journalists on how to form balanced media content for the ideas they presented.
In addition to that, the program will assist journalists and media workers in networking and building relationships with media and press institutions locally and internationally, with the generous support of the U.S. Embassy in Amman who has contributed to the implementation and success of the program.
GFP’s President, Dr. Muhanned Arabiat, stressed GFP’s commitment to developing the Media For Peace tool through Generation For Peace Institute to prepare specialized training curriculums based on research studies that serve the public interest. Dr. Arabiyat, added: “In light of the high focus on violence and crime in media coverage, the spread of false news, misinformation, and misleading headlines, Generations For Peace launched a second version of the Media For Peace Program in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Amman. The program invites ninety journalists and experts in the field of media and through the Media For Peace II Program, we aim to develop and enhance the skills of journalists and experts in the field of media to be equipped with knowledge about Conflict-Sensitive Reporting. A wide range of topics, including Media and Photojournalism Ethics, Critical Media Consumption, Conflict Sensitive Reporting, Basic Conflict Concepts and Gender Sensitive Reporting will be covered during the training sessions, in addition to some skills and methods that can help them verify the authenticity of information and its sources.”
Counselor of Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Stefanie Altman-Winans, stated: “One of the United States goals is to support democracy in Jordan, through our collaboration with local civil society organizations and the press. The U.S. Embassy is committed to providing journalists in Jordan with the tools and training they need to be effective drivers of information through media literacy programs that combat hate speech, misinformation and violent extremism.”
In 2021 Generations For Peace in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Amman launched the Media For Peace program, as part of GFP’s strategic plan to sustainably work on Media for Peace as a tool to develop the skills of journalists and media workers in building media content that embodies conflict-sensitive reporting concepts and promotes peacebuilding values.