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#Elections2018: CCMN Project on Peace Journalism and Election Reporting

CCMN Office July 4, 2017 17 1

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The Cameroon Community Media Network is honoured to announce that Prof Steven Youngblood, Director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at the Park University in Kansas City/US will join the community media in the South West, North West, Central and West Region in Cameroon for a 2-week training session on peace journalism and election reporting.

The up-coming Presidential and National Elections in 2018 in Cameroon pose a challenge for community media as careless and irresponsible reporting increases the chance of a media-induced escalation of a conflict and consequently promotes violent responses in up-coming/possible conflict situations before, during and after the elections. The project seeks to challenge the roles of community media in current and future conflict situations and seeks to build capacities to be able to disseminate conflict analysis on conflict causes and present solutions to the local population to avoid the escalation of a conflict or even violence before, during and after the various elections in 2018.

From 16 – 29 July 2017 Prof Steven Youngblood will train over 150 community media journalists in Bafoussam, Bamenda, Buea, Kumba, Limbe, Mamfe and Yaounde. The 4 workshops and 7 in-house trainings will highlight the potential of peace journalism to prevent media-induced violence before, during and after elections through theoretical and practical sessions.

Furthermore, Prof Youngblood and CCMN representatives will meet government, civil society and journalism union leaders to promote the idea of peace and election journalism and raise awareness and find common areas for future collaborations in this area.

Prof Steven Youngblood, director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University, is an internationally recognized academic, journalist, teacher, and consultant in the area of peace journalism and has organized and taught peace journalism projects in the context of elections in Turkey, Uganda and Kenya. He is the author of “Peace Journalism Principles and Practices: Responsibly Reporting Conflicts, Reconciliation, and Solutions” (Routledge/2016). He leads a year-long US State Department funded peace and electoral journalism project in Uganda in 2010-2011, and has given election-themed peace journalism workshops in Kenya in 2012.

For further information on the project please contact

Rev Geraldine Fobang (President CCMN)
+237 67 7658 229

Alexander Vojvoda (Project Manager)
+237 67 2009 225


The project “Community Media, Peace Journalism and Election Reporting” is financed by

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