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2014 Sierra Leone: Evaluation of Journalists Training on Ethical Reporting on Child Rights Issues



Author: Teddy Amara Morlai

Executive summary

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Background:

The evaluation effort primarily focuses on Journalists for Human Rights’ (JHR’s) refreshers’ training conducted in August 2013 in a bid to follow up with practical implementation of the training done in December 2012. 

Purpose/Objective:

The overall objective of the evaluation was to ‘assess the impact of Journalist for Human Rights’ (JHR’s)  training for journalists and how this reflects on their ethical media reporting on child rights issues in Sierra Leone.’

Methodology:

Both descriptive and exploratory research designs were employed in the evaluation exercise. The descriptive research design used structured questionnaires for personal interviews (PIs) of selected journalists. The exploratory research design on the other hand focused on collecting secondary information and using Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) guide. 

Findings and Conclusions:

Whilst 87% of trained journalists reportedly engaged in covering child abused incidences, 88% of media institutions (particularly radio stations) were involved in carrying out routine programmes at least once every month on various child rights issues such as education, health, the child rights Act, responsibility of the parents, etc. This indicates that the media in Sierra Leone is not only engaged in given out sensational incidences, but also other issues that encourage holistic discussions on the best interest of children, the right to survival and development, participation of the child and non-discrimination.

Recommendations:

• Educate the public on the role of journalism in child rights reporting;
• Advanced training on ethical journalism is required for journalists;
• Follow-up and motivate journalists in remote areas;
• Assist journalists with communications equipment such as tape recorders, computers, high resolution cameras, etc.



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Report information

Year:
2014

Country:
Sierra Leone

Region:
WCARO

Theme:
Social Policy

Type:
Evaluation

Language:
English

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