Approaches that engage and inform

  •   Communicating with Communities
    We harness expertise in humanitarian media and continue to evolve the techniques of active listening and real-time data collection. This shapes the most engaged communication response that is accountable to those with the greatest information needs.
  •   Information Ecosystem Mapping
    We identify how information flows through communities, through media and by word of mouth, through trusted community leaders and other “infomediaries”. This identifies appropriate channels to reach people in their own languages and on trusted information platforms.
  •   Countering Rumor and Misinformation
    We encourage partners to listen first, then make meaning of rumors, myths, and fake information. This helps counter and manage the misinformation through trusted platforms and channels of information flow.
  •   Journalism Training
    We build the capacity of local journalists and develop their knowledge of technical health areas and their journalism skills in equal measure. If journalists are not able to translate science into compelling stories, their work will not have impact. They produce stories with a “human face.”
  •   Data journalism, Analysis and Visualization
    We teach robust capabilities in transforming data into stories. The ability to track budgets and spending gives journalists a competitive edge and helps advocates be watchdogs that hold service providers to account.
  •   Gaming
    This is a fun way to learn outside of class: solo or competitively in teams. We use personal digital technology as a tool for engagement.
  •   Social Media Guidance
    Journalists and CSOs integrate social media and emerging communication platform strategies into their work, adapting models appropriate for traditional and citizen journalists.
  •   Mentoring
    Sustained after-care is pivotal. It consolidates the skills learned in workshops: trainers work side-by-side with journalists in their own settings, they see first-hand their constraints and challenges, and help them apply lessons learned.
  •   Travel Grants
    Self-guided and mentored travel grants allow journalists to cover health themed stories in far-flung areas. Without such support, news about marginalized communities remains under-reported.
  •   Roundtables and Media Café's
    These forums provide partners and journalists with unique opportunities to meet with experts in health-related fields, to discuss topical issues, and interact with people affected by health and development issues. Journalists hone critical and analytical thinking skills.
  •   Working with Editors
    For journalists to produce compelling stories that impact communities, they need the support of their news editors and media owners. It is a critical link in the media chain, guaranteeing space for health reporting, and attending trainings in their expert capacities.
  •   An anthropological analysis of information needs
    We partner with social science experts to find deeply local information solutions that are believed and trusted. In this way, the news, views and conversations generated have the traction to change and shape norms.
  •   Health Journalism Networks
    We facilitate forums that allow global health media networks to evolve.
  •   Innovative Adaptation of Technology
    We consult tech forecasting trends to design and adapt media and communication responses that are a step ahead of or in sync with developments that disrupt or aid information flows.

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