A Mobile Journalism (#MoJoLK) training program has been launched to capacitate young community activists, enabling them to effectively capture the voice of vulnerable populations from marginalized settings in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) launched #MoJoLK initiative, in view of raising the voice of vulnerable populations, allowing their grievances to be heard in governance, creating a bridge between policy makers and citizen’s groups and to create a group of professional mobile journalists who can report issues that receive less attention from mainstream media.
30 young activists and representatives from local community based organizations from three selected districts — Matara, Trincomalee and Jaffna attended in the initial phase of the #MoJoLK, held in Kandy this week (8-9 July, 2018).
Speaking of the workshop, Prof. Padmasiri Wanigasundera, Chairperson of SDJF said “Mojo is an emerging approach that creates a larger opportunity for the people in the vulnerable communities to effectively participate in governance by telling their stories, raising voices, entertaining their freedom of expression, reaching out to policy makers and to keep them accountable”.
Young activists were trained on freely available mobile applications (KineMaster, iMovie, Pinnacle Studio, PowerDirector, Quik, Splice, etc), mobile filming and storytelling techniques, basics of social media, practical exercise in identifying issues affecting vulnerable populations, conducting interviews, Mobile based filming and editing, contracting a solution based reporting and solution based advocacy.
Further speaking, Prof. Wanigasundera noted that “Part of this initiative is to train the citizen activists as community reporters and create a larger networks of professional Mobile Journalists. The group learned not only MoJo, but also basics of advocacy, techniques in the responsible use of social media, which will enable them to engage policy makers to provide solutions for issues affecting vulnerable populations”.
The citizen activists are expected to produce minimum 30 MoJo stories towards the end of 6 days of training workshop in two different phases and series of in-house and remote mentorships freely available from SDJF. This program is being supported by Neelan Thiruchelwam Trust (NTT).