Founded in 2010, the Media Centre offers a secure and technically equipped working space to journalists, citizen journalists’ trainee journalists and civil society
The Media Centre offers training for community based citizen journalists in the use of social media for citizen journalism purposes, facilitating reportage of issues affecting marginalized communities through citizen journalism, social media and other alternative media. Training content includes aspects such as how to practice citizen journalism in a restrictive environment; how Civil Society can work with citizen journalists, alternative and mainstream media to for purposes of an effective media advocacy; how social media can be utilized in the practice of citizen journalism in the prevailing political economy, technological and media contexts; how to deal with the problem of political polarization in community media initiatives; leveraging citizen journalism and social media for citizen participation in policy formulation, monitoring policy implementation and monitoring the human rights environment
Media Centre facilitates free expression and access to information through use of alternative media, capacitating alternative broadcasters, film production and investigative journalism. The organisation promotes and facilitates use of social media at community level, fosters citizen journalism and contributes to the exposure of corruption, resource plunder and human rights abuses through a diversity of media and communication platforms.
The Media Centre facilitates for the discussion of pertinent issues through conducting press conferences and roundtable discussions that interface journalists with policy makers, Civil Society and other stakeholders with view to promoting a critical, informative and objective media reportage that fosters transparency and accountability in Zimbabwe.
Media Centre Vision
The vision of the Media Centre is for a Zimbabwe in which the Media and Civil Society are free to exercise their right to the freedom of expression, association and access to information using various platforms and channels including, but not limited to information communication technologies (ICTs), public meetings and such other forums that may be relevant to the advancement of their socio-economic status.
The Media Centre strives to be a people centered, neutral and efficient platform for media and civic society interaction, information sharing and awareness raising through the provision of a secure space, information, access to communication technologies and training.
Media Centre Mission
The mission of the Media Centre is to assist in the realization of a Zimbabwe in which the Media and Civil Society are free to exercise their right to the freedom of expression, association and access to information, through:
delivering relevant training in print and broadcasting skills to working media practitioners throughout Africa;
helping media practitioners from across Africa meet, learn from each other share experiences; supporting and initiating training programmes which help stimulate the development of sound news values and an appreciation of the key role of the media in society;
working with media practitioners to improve professional standards and developing conducive working conditions and technical expertise;
having a particular commitment to assisting media practitioners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds;
supporting the right to free speech and freedom of information;
supporting media and training policies which uphold non-racialism and gender equality, and oppose all forms of harassment; and
uphold integrity and truth-telling in the media by all democratic means.
- Information Web Resource Centre complete with a high speed fibre internet connection.
- State of the art audio and video editing suite.
- Video filming and digital photography.
- Video conferencing facilities
- Library and documentation centre
- Photocopying and printing services
The Media Centre strives to be a neutral and efficient platform for media and Civic Society interaction, information sharing and awareness raising.
The Media Centre:
- Provides a secure working environment for journalists and Civil Society Organisations in order to enhance the free flow of information in Zimbabwe.
- Facilitates for media training for journalists and media students in areas such as investigative reporting, media security and information communication technologies.
- Provides a platform for public debates ,press conferences , roundtable discussions , public meetings and think tank sessions with the view of upholding truth telling and intergrity in the media by all democratic means
- Provides video conferencing facilities to journalists and Civil Society Organisations .
- Offers general conferencing facilities complete with a public address system and projector.
- Offers a fully equipped broacasting studio for training purposes for journalists and media students.
The Media Centre is a registered trust which consists of the Board of Trustees, The management board and the Secretariat.
Board of Trustees: Members of the Board of Trustees were drawn from the media, Civil Society and media institutions.
Board of Management: The Board of Management oversees the day to day running of the Media Centre. Members of the Board of Management were drawn from the media, media institutions, business and Civic Society.
Secretariat: The day to day running of the Media Centre is carried out by the secretariat.