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Media for peace

Journalism that creates peace

Use journalism to create access to information in crisis regions. Together with dtec.bw and the Universität der Bundeswehr München, you can promote peace in crisis regions through journalism. In our new Media for Peace fellowship program, we'll work with you to develop ways to support journalism in Lebanon and Afghanistan that de-escalates and promotes peace.

Unfortunately, the application period is already over. We will inform you about further application forms, programs and opportunities in our monthly newsletter.

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Start your peace mission

How could journalism in Lebanon and Afghanistan look like that would be de-escalating and peace-building? Through research, prototyping and innovation methods, you will develop content formats, platforms or technologies with which journalism can contribute to more peace in both regions.

We have deliberately chosen two very different countries; one whose daily life has long been marked by war and conflict, and one in a post-conflict state. This difference allows us to take a comparative approach, especially with respect to the question of how peace processes, supported by journalism, can succeed.

In this, you are not alone. It doesn't matter if you already have a concrete idea or if you are just interested in the topic - in a team of up to ten fellows in six months you will develop a prototype together and possibly a finished product in another six months.

More freedom for journalism

With our coaches you get the skillset you need. Among other things, you will learn these methods:

  • User research & determining the needs of the target audiences
  • Problem validation
  • Solution validation
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Resilience and crisis training
What you can expect at Media for Peace

Compensation

You receive a fixed compensation per month for your work for more peace.

Contacts & Network

The Media Lab Bayern, together with the dtec.bw and the UniBw Munich, will help you to establish contacts with journalists and to publicize the media products for more peace.

Mentors & Coaches

Design thinking, user research or resilience training - our coaches and mentors will support you with their expertise and empathy.

A task with meaning

With Media for Peace, you will be working for democratic principles, freedom of the press and the active promotion of peace.

Schedule of the program

  • Application phase ( May 3 - June 30, 2022)

    Application is closed.

  • Prototype (Oct 22 - March 23)

    You will develop a prototype for
    a platform with 9 other Fellows.

  • MVP (Mar 23 to Dec 23)

    You will develop your prototype
    into a real platform.

We are looking for you:

  • You are a journalist, designer, developer or tech nerd
  • You have already worked or are currently working in media or communications in Germany, Afghanistan or Lebanon.
  • You have some experience in crisis journalism
  • You are interested in constructive and/or peacebuilding journalism
  • You have some experience in international media and development cooperation
  • You have six to twelve months to focus on Media for Peace
  • You are creative, curious and have a desire to engage in peacebuilding journalism

FAQ
Questions about the Media for Peace program

Is the program offered part-time?

It is possible to participate in the support program on a part-time basis. You should commit at least 20 hours per week to it.

Is the program face-to-face or remote?

As this is a program with international participants, the program is predominantly remote. Occasional face-to-face workshops are planned.

How far along does my idea need to be?

If you already have a concrete idea, that's great. But be prepared to critically question and adapt your idea. If you don't have a concrete idea yet, but have a lot of enthusiasm for the topic, that's great too! Especially in the first phase, it is about finding out what could help crisis journalism.

Any question about the M4P program?

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