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Email: abi@u2media.org / Phone: +31 (0)20 673 4774 / Mobile: +31 (0)6 520 66 499
Email: abi@u2media.org / Phone: +31 (0)20 673 4774 / Mobile: +31 (0)6 520 66 499

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25

Sep

2015

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Motivation – through your head or heart?

How can we persuade organisations that diversity matters? For example: how can we make sure police officers from ethnic minorities stay in the force? Because although enough candidates from this group join the police force and successfully complete their two-year on-the-job training, a high proportion of them subsequently leave. So how can we solve this problem? […]

18

Sep

2015

Mark Fuller

Media training for young gay rights campaigners

A media training for the gay rights group  Respect 2 Love in Amsterdam recently was a classic example of daring to follow the mood of trainees. Within five minutes of starting the training I ditched my original plans and started  to improvise. The young trainees (all with an immigrant background) were vociferous, enthusiastic and  committed. […]

15

Jul

2015

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Foreign correspondents – a dying breed?

Africa correspondent Mark Doyle leaves the BBC this year after 26 years reporting in the field. Doyle and other foreign correspondents are expert voices because they experience reality in the places they cover. “Not just parachuting in for the big stories but living here. Seized by an impulse to question, to understand, to get to the […]

16

Jun

2015

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Sometimes KISS is not the answer

It’s a long read, but the sort of story that makes you proud of journalism. A Norwegian journalist hears about a body in a wetsuit that is washed ashore in Norway. He could have reported the facts and left it at that. But he doesn’t. He goes out and looks for the story. It takes […]

25

May

2015

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Training institute set up by socially engaged ‘pioneers’

As a one-off, here’s a blog in Dutch which I wrote recently for Knap Academie, one of the three new partnerships U2Media has joined this year. Knap is a platform for innovative, independent and professional trainers (Knap calls us ‘pioneers’) working in the public, social and political arena. Trainers who are catalysts for social change. […]

02

Apr

2015

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Institute for War & Peace Reporting – thinking outside the box, working inside the circle

Thinking outside the box, or as the Rwanda country director of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting  puts it, ‘working within the circle’, is a refreshing strategy for NGOs working in developing countries. Brice Rambaud, Africa director for the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) – and a friend of mine from his […]

30

Mar

2015

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Rule 1: do you have something to say, a story to tell?

The biggest bore is reading something written by someone who has nothing to say, no story to tell. And as our attention span gets shorter – now eight seconds, which is (apparently) less than the average goldfish – a boring headline/first paragraph is the kiss of death when it comes to writing. But it’s not […]

09

Mar

2015

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Speaking out against discrimination

I’m somewhat ambivalent about International Women’s Day. Despite it’s indisputable worthiness, it makes me uncomfortable and I can’t quite embrace it without feeling slightly patronised and patronising. On the other hand, I am all for highlighting the work of brilliant and brave journalists and the list sent out by Reporters Without Borders to mark this […]

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