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MEKK’s Prof. Rune Ottosen in Kampala


From Professor Rune Ottosen in Kampala:

The last few days I had the pleasure of teaching master students at Makerere University in Kampala on my favourite subject War and Peace journalism. The students are well informed and interested in the subject. We have interesting discussion. They are engaged and ask me provocative questions. More than my Norwegian students I must say. But I love it. This is real communication. In the last lecture I had problems hearing my own voice because there is campaign for students elections outside the window. Hundreds of students are rallying for their candidates in democratic elections. Loudspeakers are dominating the campus and I have to raise my voice. Even if I am a bit disturbed I am happy. What engagement – what enthusiasm.

Returning to my hotel room I watch CNN. Trump has fired his Secretary of state on Twitter. The Norwegian news media are preoccupied with our minister of law who has published a provocative statement on Facebook hoping this will help her anti-immigrant agenda. I ask myself if the hope of our future is just here. I hope the students of Makerere represent our common future.

Book launch at “Researching Africa” seminar


Bruce Mutsvairo, editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Media and Communication Research in Africa, opened the ‘Researching Africa’ seminar at Oslo Metropolitan University the 22 February. Vice rector Morten Irgens and Research Director Kristin Sverdrup wished welcome to the seminar, which marked the start of the OsloMet Africa Network. Phd candidate Gerald Walulya from Makerere University and Kristin Skare Orgeret presented research during the seminar. The Palgrave Handbook was launched in the afternoon in cooperation with the Norwegian Council for Africa. More about the handbook here. 



How can Tunisian journalists safely cover demonstrations?

This was just one of the safety issues that was discussed in the three day security course: Safety for journalists in hostile environments, that took place in Tunisia last week. Such coverage is still highly relevant to the context in which Tunisian journalists find themselves in, as demonstrations continue to take place seven years after the Tunisian revolution.

The training was a cooperation between OsloMet’s JMIC, Tunisian IPSI and Article 19. Trainers on the course was former war-correspondent Abeer Saady from Egypt, MEKK member and doctoral researcher Marte Høiby from Norway and professor Amine Ben Massoud from Tunisia.

Local and regional examples were discussed throughout the three days of training.The participants learned about identifying risks and risk management while working in hostile environments. They also focused on the best practices in field and the ethical challenges and dilemmas relevant to safety. Students were introduced to practical exercises with role plays and selected cases.

Furthermore, the training dealt with psychosocial safety and trauma, working undercover and challenges of dealing with violence and armed Jihadi groups.



Media Dialogues – Editorial Meeting in Beirut

Quatrina Hosain (Pakistan), Nil Mutluer (Turkey/ Germany), Elisabeth Eide and Kristin Skare Orgeret (both Norway, JMIC and MEKK) met in Beirut from January 18 to 21, to discuss the forthcoming anthology Media Dialogues: Transnational Journalistic Enounters. The anthology contains contributions from scholars and journalists in the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Norway, Pakistan, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.

Invitation to join “Journalism and Media Center (JMIC)”

Head, Elisabeth Eide
Co-ordinator, Oona Solberg

JMIC aspires to connect journalists and academics within specific countries and between countries, especially in the global South, through exchange programs, educational courses, conferences and publications.

Head of JMIC, and also member of MEKK, Elisabeth Eide, and co-ordinator at the center, Oona Solberg, encourage both journalists and academics to be a part of the international network. Get the latest news by subscribing to JMIC´s blog.

The center provides free resources such as publications and innovative transnational teaching methods. JMIC contributes towards exchanging educational material and research literature between partners. If you want to share your latest research or have other relevant contributions -send an e-mail to Eide or Solberg! Check out the free resource site here: Collaborative Journalism

Training on Equity and Security in West Africa



In December, Professor Kristin Skare Orgeret conducted a one-week Training of Trainers Security and Equity course in cooperation with NJ (Norsk Journalistlag) and IFJ (International Federation of Journalists), in Dakar, Senegal. The participants were French-speaking women journalists from Mali, Guinée, Burkina Faso, Côté d’Ivoire, Benin, Togo and Senegal. The training focuses on journalists’ security both at their work places as well as when on mission in the field. Issues of security and equity, sexual harassment, terrorism, corruption and violence constitute important parts of the course.

Call for papers: Making Transparency Possible

Convenor: Roy Krøvel
One of the speakers: Tina Søreide











Call for papers: Making Transparency Possible – Interdisciplinary Dialogues, Research Conference, at Oslo and Akershus, University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), Norway, the 15th and 16th of February, 2018 

The research project “Making Transparency Possible – Interdisciplinary dialogues” invites paper proposals from all relevant disciplines on cross border journalism on global illicit financial flows and tax havens.

A maximum of 15 papers will be selected to participate. The best papers will be chosen for publication after the conference. Please send abstracts of app. 500 words to: conference@pwyp.no Deadline for submitting abstract: January 20, 2018. Selected participants will be notified before February 1.
No conference fee. Participants are expected to cover travel and stay during the conference.


Invitation to join network on journalists safety

In the aftermath of the Safety of Journalists conference in Oslo, Jackie Harrison and Sara Torsner from the Centre for Freedom of the Media welcome those who contributed with papers and expertise at the conference to join the Journalist Safety Research Network, by filling out their Google form, as well as join their Facebook group ‘Journalists’ Safety Research Network.


Security training for journalists in Uganda

MEKK-member Marte Høiby has together with war correspondent and safety trainer Abeer Saady conducted a training in safety for journalists and students at Makerere University in Uganda.

The focus of the two day training was on risk management, conflict reporting, situation awareness, topical issues in the region and ethical issues – with many examples and exercises.


Challenges for investigative journalism in Nepal

Professor Kristin Skare Orgeret has just recently returned from a week in Katmandu, where she has connected with CMJC (College of Journalism and Communication), whom she workes together with on topics related especially to war, peace and conflict. The cooperation is a part of a larger Norhed-project, funded by NORAD, in which Orgeret is the Norwegian coordinator. She reports that a new law in Nepal makes it difficult to conduct investigative journalism in Nepal. Read the whole interview in Jorunalisten: Utfordringer for gravejournalistikken i Nepal