Training Materials

The Challenges of Communicating Science: A Journalist’s Perspective    
African Technology Studies Network and Journalist Otula Owuor
English


Briefs on Communications Impact and Global Health  
Center for Communications Programs at Johns Hopkins
English
A variety of articles measuring impact.


The Psychology of Climate Change Communication    
Earth Institute at Columbia University
English
A Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public.


Media Takes on Aging    
Eldis
English
Style guide to using non-agist language.


A training manual on the rights of persons with disabilities    
Eldis
English
Information on the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


FAIR Investigative Journalism Manual    
Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR)
English, Portuguese, French
The Investigative Journalism Manual is  filled to the brim with strategies, tactics, techniques and methodologies that will enable you to dig deeper, unearth more truth, and expose as much injustice as possible.


Reporting for Change: A Handbook for Local Journalists in Crisis Areas    
Institute for War & Peace Reporting
English, Spanish, Arabic
Handbook for Local Journalists in Crisis Areas is a practical guide for journalists in crisis areas, which is based on IWPR’s wide experience of training and working with journalists in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The handbook teaches international reporting standards, explaining the journalistic process clearly, from subject choice to final editing. The modules are enhanced with examples and extracts from previously published IWPR stories from around the world.


Disaster and Crisis Coverage   
International Center for Journalists
English
Guidelines for covering disasters in a professional manner; and addresses trauma and offers suggestions helping journalists work with grieving victims and survivors in an ethical, sensitive, and effective manner.


Journalism and Trauma
International Center for Journalists
English
This manual provides a starting point for news organizations seeking to deal more efficiently with journalism and traumatic stress.


Social Issues: Covering Human Rights, Education, & Health    
International Center for Journalists
English
Manual designed to help journalists to better cover these kinds of issues, to elevate the beats that revolve around daily life to the same level of the politics, crime or entertainment beats.


Social Issues: Covering Human Rights, Education, & Health
International Center for Journalists
Arabic
Manual designed to help journalists to better cover these kinds of issues, to elevate the beats that revolve around daily life to the same level of the politics, crime or entertainment beats.


Ten Practical Tips for Covering Development 
International Center for Journalists
English
10 tips for covering development from Edem Djokotoe, Knight International Journalism Fellow in Malawi in 2010 and 2011.


Ten Practical Tips for Environmental Reporting
International Center for Journalists
English
Those new to the environmental beat can use the booklet as a guidebook, while veterans may use it to rethink ways of building sources or following up on daily stories.


Ten Practical Tips for Environmental Reporting
International Center for Journalists
Arabic
Those new to the environmental beat can use the booklet as a guidebook, while veterans may use it to rethink ways of building sources or following up on daily stories.


Journalism and Health in Uganda
International Journalists Network
English
This manual covers topics such as journalism and health in Uganda today, health policy reporting, corruption and waste in Uganda’s health system, and reporting on medical science and research.


Tips for journalists covering health issues 
International Journalists Network
English
Knight Fellow Zarina Geloo of Zambia shares techniques with IJNet that she uses to find sources, ideas and the root of a story.


Live News Survival Guide
International Federation of Journalists  
English


Kenya Health Legacy Assessment 
Internews
English
Assessment of health journalism impact.


The Kindest Cut
Internews
English
Information on impactful health reporting; covering HIV/AIDS issues.


Media and Global Health    
Internews
English
Establishing, supporting, and enhancing local information platforms can contribute significantly to health-seeking behavior and community mobilization around health issues.


A Story a Day
Internews
English
Media assessment on impact of health journalism.


Traffic Crashes – Reporting on Road Safety as a Global Health Crisis
Internews
English


Health Reporting Toolkit: “Take Note of HIV”
JournAIDS
A notebook that was developed to ensure that journalists always have some basic details about HIV on hand.


HIV/AIDS fact sheets    
The Kaiser Family Foundation
English
Information on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.


Journalists’ Guide to the Demographic and Health Surveys
MeasureDHS
English, French
The Journalists’ Guide to Demographic and Health Surveys summarizes the DHS project, provides easy definitions for demographic and health terms, and suggests story ideas.


Covering Diversity: A Resource and Training Manual for African Journalists    
Media Diversity Institute
English
Prepared by The Panos Institute, The Independent Journalism Centre (Lagos), and our partner organisation the Centre for War, Peace and the News Media at New York University, 2000.


HIV/AIDS media guide – Africa    
Media Diversity Institute
English, French
Guide for reporting on AIDS


Increasing and improving portrayal of people with disabilities in the media    
Media Diversity Institute
English
The report also provides advices for the public broadcasters on inclusion and portrayal of disabled, in all types of programming.


Interviewing people with disabilities    
Media Diversity Institute
English
Interview tips for journalists from the US-based National Center on Disability and Journalism.


Manual for journalists covering disability in Africa    
Media Diversity Institute
English
Journalists in Africa who want to include the concerns of people with disabilities in their news coverage can consult a training manual released by the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities . The manual is intended to help the some 80 million persons with disabilities in Africa that are often discriminated against and excluded from schools, work opportunities and health services, to become more visible in their societies, according to the report’s introduction.


Manual for reporters covering HIV/AIDS online    
Media Diversity Institute
English
The training manual (PDF), published by Inter Press Service, is made of up of three parts and designed to be used as part of a week-long training session on gender and HIV. It argues the importance of gender training for the media, as research shows that news is told largely through the eyes, voices and perspectives of men.


Reporting Diversity: Socially Disadvantaged Groups    
Media Diversity Institute
English
The Media Diversity Institute’s “Reporting Diversity Guide” is a comprehensive manual for journalists and trainers. It includes a ‘Socially Disadvantaged Groups’ section which provides tips on reporting on issues of such groups, and case studies of two articles on this theme from Bosnia and Bulgaria.


Suicide Sensitive Journalism Handbook   
Media Diversity Institute
English
This handbook opens by informing readers that the media can play a powerful role in educating the public about suicide prevention. It is packed with practical reporting tips, as well as examples of current practice in Sri Lanka, based on three-month’s monitoring of suicide coverage in the press there.


What’s the story: reporting mental health and suicide    
Media Diversity Institute
English
‘What’s the Story?’ is a resource for journalists and editors. It offers suggestions on how they can help challenge discrimination of people with mental health problems. It also highlights that responsible reporting on suicide which can prevent copycat suicides and save lives.


Cancer’s Global Footprint: The Economics of a Disease    
The Pulitzer Society
English
Free e-book on cancer worldwide.


Handbook for Journalists   
Reporters without Borders
English, French
Reporters Without Borders (with UNESCO) has compiled a Handbook for Journalists for those going to dangerous parts of the world, listing international norms protecting them and containing practical advice on how to stay alive and safe.


Health Journalism Guides    
Reporting on Health
English
Web guides on different health topics, developed by veteran journalists.


Articles about global health    
SciDev.Net
English
Information and reporting on global health issues.


Guide to safely using satphones
Small World News
English