Common Ground Media Training
The media's traditional approach to controversial and sensitive issues is to explore the extent and range of disagreement, but this rarely results in common understanding or solutions. In fact the media often seems to exploit contentious issues for entertainment value, sometimes leaving audiences with the impression that nothing positive can be achieved and that extreme opinions representthe majority.
In contrast, Common Ground methodologies encourage the exploration of possible areas of agreement between opposing and try actively to subvert prejudices and stereotyping.
CG Media Training
Common Ground media trainings, lasting one to five days, are designed for both seasoned journalists, challenging them to look through a different lens, and for conflict resolution practitioners who don't have a media background but who want to use media in their programs. The trainings introduce participants to a range of conflict resolution tools in order to develop their interviewing, reporting and/or moderating skills on contentious issues and in conflict situations.
Defining objectives: understanding the media spectrum
Research: distinguishing positions and interests; issue mapping
Facilitation: listening and paraphrasing skills; questioning assumptions; re-framing answers etc.
Formats: styles of writing, and tried and tested radio/TV program formats
Pre-testing and evaluation: testing if objectives (intended outcomes) are being met
Common Ground trainers have given media trainings to press, radio and TV journalists and producers in the Middle East, Nepal, Venezuela, and the Great Lakes region of central Africa, as well as to an international mix of journalists and producers at the Radio Netherlands Training Centre in Hilversum, and at the European Journalism Centre in Maastricht.
For more information, please contact Nick Oatley, firstname.lastname@example.org.