Media Centre Activities

The Media Centre currently conducts the following activities:

1. Providing a Resource Centre for Journalists which has the following:
• An Information and Web Resource Centre with computer work stations connected to high speed, broadband and wireless internet and Digital Satellite Television connection
• A state of the art radio broadcasting studio;
• Mobile television interviewing facilities;
• A state of the art video and audio editing suite with I Mac work stations complete with requisite production and editing software;
• A mobile video conferencing facility complemented by a high speed and efficient internet connection;
• Conference venues, complete with a state of the art Public Address System, Projector , projector screen and other requisite facilities;
• State of the art video and photographic cameras.

2. Press Conferences

Press conferences are held at the Media Centre to follow up on issues taking place at community level. The press conferences  bring national level policy makers, representatives of various companies and civil society to account for their actions in relation to human rights abuses, policy implementation, environmental conservation initiatives, community development initiatives and other pertinent developments in project communities. The press conferences  inform national and international media coverage on the plight and experiences of project communities. Press conferences are pro-actively organised as follow up to issues taking place within Zimbabwe.

3. Training & Capacity Building Workshops for citizen journalists

Over and above providing them with internet access and other communication technology tools, community based citizen journalists in project communities are capacitated with skills and scopes through which to effectively practice citizen journalism. The skills are imparted through training workshops in which citizen journalists are trained in basic citizen journalism and on how to undertake social accountability processes such as public expenditure tracking, social accountability and public oversight, detecting corruption, participatory policy making and planning, monitoring the human rights environment and monitoring operations of policy makers in their respective areas.

4. Roundtable Discussions 

As follow up to issues emanating from project based engagement platforms, roundtable discussions are  held to deliberate on pertinent human rights issues affecting marginalised social groups in  communities and come up with appropriate policy recommendations that promote socio-economic inclusion and human rights enjoyment for these social groups. Roundtable discussions inform policy and promote debate around key national issues. Participants in the roundtable usually include policy makers, representatives from communities, civil society and the media.

5. Investigative Journalism

Investigative journalism is undertaken as part of value addition to project based community and citizen media initiatives. Apart from exposing covert corruption, resource plunder and human rights abuses, investigative journalism is an avenue through which citizen journalists operating from project communities are linked to mainstream media for purposes of amplifying community voices. Thus, stories of marginalised people in  communities are  told at national and international levels in a more comprehensive manner that informs policy formulation and exerts accountability. Investigative stories are produced through Media Centre trained investigative journalists. The Media Centre facilitates for the development of investigative stories, provide grants for the story research and continuous mentorship to investigative journalists.