UNESCO Bangkok Teams Up with Rappler Indonesia in Civic Journalism and Media Literacy Training for Indonesian Youth

UNESCO Bangkok Teams Up with Rappler Indonesia in Civic Journalism and Media Literacy Training for Indonesian Youth

UNESCO Bangkok Teams Up with Rappler Indonesia in Civic Journalism and Media Literacy Training for Indonesian Youth

JAKARTA—On 1 May 2017, UNESCO Bangkok and Rappler Indonesia collaborated to provide an all-day training on civic journalism and media literacy to 23 Indonesian youth during the World Press Freedom Day celebrations at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The training was facilitated by UNESCO Bangkok and Rappler Indonesia and focused on increasing the understanding of young Indonesians of press freedom and the role of journalists in promoting such freedom. At the same time, it provided them with the skills needed to engage in multi-media reporting on social media and allowed them to produce stories, which will later be published on Rappler X, a website run by Rappler that allows civic journalists to post content.

“Media has a crucial role in expanding the perspective and angle inside the minds of society,” said Rayi Noormega, one of the participants of the training. “The media will not only make people empathize, but also observe, think critically, decide, and take action towards preserving justice.” 

In addition to being trained in multi-media reporting, participants had the opportunity to ask questions to Maria Ressa, the CEO of Rappler, and Misako Ito, the Regional Advisor of Communications and Information at UNESCO Bangkok.

The training was one of the many events that occurred during the World Press Freedom Day celebration, which was held at the Jakarta Convention Center between 1-4 May and was attended by over 1,500 participants and observers. Under the global theme “Critical minds for critical times: media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies”, the celebration was organized by UNESCO, the Government and the Press Council of Indonesia.