Conclusion of AIBD/UNESCO In-Country Seminar on Investigative Journalism: Going Beyond Headlines
Day 2- Wednesday, 10th November 2021
The second and final day of the AIBD/UNESCO In-country seminar on Investigative Journalism started off the Masterclass by Mr Ian Yee of The Fourth. He continued from the last sessions of the previous day, highlighting investigative journalism and its processes. The group work required the participants to explore their topics by finding credible information and data on the internet, using the tools taught on the first day, and to call sources to authenticate information. The participants explored story-telling, finding the right angles for the story and risk assessment in investigative work.
This Masterclass was followed by a roundtable discussion on ‘Revitalizing Investigative Journalism’. The panelists for this session were eminent leaders from related sectors of the media industry i.e. Ms Mastura Mustafa, Deputy Secretary-General, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM); Ms. Whathshlah Naidu, Executive Director of Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia and Director of AIBD, Ms. Philomena Gnanapragasam. Proceedings went forward with Q&A for the panel that touched upon media literacy, curbing the spread of misinformation in the endemic period, and media as the 4th Pillar of Democracy. The session was moderated by the Executive Producer of English Programmes, Bernama TV, Mr Gerard Ratnam.
The closing ceremony culminated with a brief remarks from the partner of the event, UNESCO’s Office in Jakarta Indonesia, which was represented by the National Project Officer, Ms Cresti Fitriana who delivered a speech on behalf of the Agency. She assured of UNESCO’s continuous support of the initiative by stressing the importance of the project as it offered journalists and content creators a safe space to explore the subject-matters and capacity building.
In her closing remarks, AIBD Director, Ms. Gnanapragasam revealed that this project had been ongoing since April 2021 and had trained 44 journalists from across the Asia-Pacific region. She reiterated the commitment of AIBD to continue its concerted efforts in media development across the regions besides thanking all speakers, participants, and UNESCO for the support.