Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum
Sri Lankan Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) is a well established national level organization, with more than 7 years of extensive experience in promoting the role of media in democratization and transformation. We work closely with local media organizations, International media development agencies, civil society organizations, youth and women development movements and organizations that promote democracy and pluralism towards better transformation. Media for Transformation, Community Media for Inclusive Development and Training and Capacity Building are the major programme areas of Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum. The Democracy, Equality, Social Justice and Inclusiveness are the cross-cutting themes of SDJF.
Sri Lanka Development Journalists Forum received two state awards for showing excellence in using Radio Drama as a powerful means to promote equality and freedom of religion.
The State Radio Awards festival was held at the Nelum Pokuna Theater on 13 February, 2017 under the patronage of Ministers Hon.S.B. Navinna and Hon.Gayanatha Karunathilaka. Many prominent personalities from various radio channels participated in this award ceremony.
- L. Jaffeer, a Radio broadcaster, and M.C.Rasmin, Director of Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum received awards respectively for the best acting and the best script writing. Four other Dramas produced by SDJF were also amongst the ones nominated for the award.
These dramas recognized in the State Radio Awards Festival were part of the SDJF Radio Drama campaign on freedom of religion and religious pluralism. The dramas were produced in both the local languages and aired through Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.
Sharing his happiest moment, A. L. Jafeer noted that SDJF has made him realizing his deep potential in making his voice effective to promote religious freedom in this country.
Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) will collaborate with Parthia Media Network (PMN), International Youth Alliance for Peace (IYAP), Centre for Unity Through Education (CUTE), Independent Citizen’s Voice, Sri Lanka Unites, and MRTC - a media training Centre which functions under the University of Jaffna, to remark Global Radio Day which falls on the 13th of February.
This year the partners have agreed to create a dialogue on the role of Radio in prompting diversity under the global theme ‘Radio is You’. SDJF invites its partner organizations to create awareness amongst emerging radio practitioners as to how innovative use of digital technology and Radio can address issues affecting reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
Each organization under this collaboration will launch an individualized campaign that would include meetings, gatherings, social media based promotions and discussions with their respective networks specifically on Radio for diversity.
At the same time, SDJF is to invite webcasting media, university students, and its members to celebrate the World Radio Day. It will attend a one-hour Radio broadcasting, to be produced by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) to discuss about World Radio Day. Also it engaged Iru-dina - weekly newspaper to feature an interview on world Radio day. Nearly 100 young media students will join the forum to create social media messages on this too. Simultaneously, on the same day, SDJF will join with media students from the University of Jaffna through skype and discuss about ‘the role of Radio in promoting diversity’ under the guidance of Dr. S. Raguram, Coordinator of Media and Communication study unit, at the University of Jaffna.
United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed its proclamation of World Radio Day formally on the 14th January 2013. UN General Assembly, during its 67th Session, endorsed the resolution adopted during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaiming 13th February, as World Radio Day. Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum was also amongst the other organizations that supported UNESCO’s proposal to proclaim world Radio day.
An international workshop on the politics of inclusion will be organized by the Comparative Research Programme on poverty (CROP) and UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST), at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 6 to 7 July.
The workshop will focus on the concept of social inclusion and its broadly accepted link with poverty eradication. It will be examining how sustainable development goals (SDGs) and targets aimed at social and economic inclusion are conditioned by poverty, inequality and power relations. The workshop will try to tackle these issues by evaluating types of social transformations that may be capable of changing the dynamics that keep people disadvantaged.
Through the assessment of both theoretical perspectives and empirical analysis, participants will discuss the potential contribution of the social and human sciences to reduce poverty and promote social justice and inclusion in the context of Agenda 2030. In addition, participants will evaluate the way in which collaboration between UN entities and research networks and institutions could facilitate a shift from particular anti-poverty interventions to longer-term development strategies focusing on social and economic inclusion.
Participants are invited to submit by 31 January 2017 papers that would fit into one of the following four sessions :
1. Struggling with the concepts of inclusion, exclusion and adverse incorporation
2. Poverty and inequality as social constructions
3. Which social transformations are needed in order to ‘’leave no one behind’’
4. Collaborative research : the way forward
Selected participants will be engaging in presentations and discussions, and should be willing to work on their paper with a view to publication after the workshop.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS : 31 January 2017
The abstract must not exceed 500 words (one page) and must include : the title of the proposed paper, a presentation of the subject, the central argument, the main research questions and/or hypotheses, and key references.
A CV no longer than one page must also be submitted, clearly indicating the applicant’s name, title, nationality and contact information, as well as a list of recent publications.
The abstract and CV must be submitted electronically at the University of Bergen, follow this link to do it : http://bit.ly/2gQIL1e
The Academic Selection Committee will notify accepted participants of their selection by 1st March 2017 with guidelines for the format of the final paper to be submitted by 1st June 2017.
Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) presented it’s participatory storytelling model at the International Conference on Best Practice in Teaching Conflict, War and Peace Journalism - 2016, held in Norway.
The conference was supported by The Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO, The Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in Oslo on the 07th and 08th of November 2016.
The storytelling model presented by SDJF was developed last year with the assistance of Canadian Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI). However, it was being experimented by SDJF for the last several years in the context of ethnic war. This participatory storytelling model breaks the subjectivity and sensitivity concerns often seen in the traditional storytelling models. SDJF model allows wider amount of community members to participate as active contributors in every step of making a story in addressing rights based issues. Also, in the past, it had been widely used to allow war-affected people to tell their stories and have their voices included in the media. With this model, community members become story developers, writers, actors, producers and analyzers. While giving real ownership to the community members, it mobilizes cross-section of people to express their perspectives in media making. This model has been used in Sri Lanka in various complex circumstances.
Participants from Nepal, Pakistan, India, Kosovo, Norway, Palestine, and Sri Lanka presented their researches on a wider range of topics covering major issues such as higher education in peace and war journalism, safety of journalists and freedom of expression.
Professor Simon Cottle, University of Cardiff delivered the key-note speech at this conference
The East-West Center is pleased to invite applications for the 2017 - 2018 Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship (APLP). The APLP is the center of excellence for leadership education in the Asia Pacific region and a signature program of the East West Center.
Currently celebrating its 16th anniversary, the APLP has created a network of 581 dynamic leaders in 58 countries who are helping to build a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community.
The APLP seeks outstanding individuals from all walks of life (government, business, NGOs, health sciences, media, monastic orders, and education) to participate in an innovative leadership development program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The average age of an APLP Fellow is 33, with an average of 5 - 8 years of professional experience prior to entering the program.
All fellows live on the East-West Center's campus in Honolulu, Hawaii from August through December 2017 for the residential portion of the program. From January – April 2018, the program is run virtually [online] and fellows have the option to return to their home countries or apply for extended fieldwork in Southeast Asia, internships, self-designed projects and employment experiences.
APPLICATION AND SCHOLARSHIP INSTRUCTIONS
Upon acceptance, all participants receive a fellowship valued at approximately $13,000 USD to cover a majority of the program costs. Substantial scholarship funding is available for the remainder of the costs of participation, though timing is critical. The earlier an application is submitted, the greater the chance that scholarship funds will be available to support participant costs beyond the fellowship provisions. Scholarship requests and early decision applications are due by December 15, 2016; all other APLP Fellowship applications are due by March 1, 2017.
Eligibility requirements and application information is available on the APLP website at: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/aplp
Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) is pleased to announce a photography program called ‘IMAGE’, to capacitate 15 young independent photographers on using photography as a tool to advocate gender equality and address issues affecting women. Gender-sensitive photographs captured by the youth will be later displayed in several exhibitions. Successful candidates will be awarded certificates.