This handbook is the result of ongoing
thinking about the seminal role that professional training for media organizations
and reporters can play in emerging democracies.
Elections are a flashpoint for media issues. This is when the relationships between reporters, governments and civil society actors come into sharper focus, and potentially, conflict. This handbook provides tools and information that can aid reporters and elections management bodies in providing citizens with the best information possible to make informed decisions at the polls.
This document offers a guide for understanding
how media-related interventions can be used in a variety of conflict conditions
and identifies opportunities to strengthen the media as an element of conflict
reduction and peacebuilding.
Presenting a typology of interventions potentially appropriate to the media conditions that exist in those stages of conflict, the framework provides indicators for assessing those interventions, draws operational lessons from media-related programming and includes a matrix of exceptional examples of media peacebuilding initiatives.