ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Over-sensationalization and misrepresentation of violence and discrimination against women and girls reinforces regressive cultural norms and unwittingly perpetuates a victim-blaming attitude. In an effort to respond to these concerns, Breakthrough engages in partnership with media houses encourage and promote sensitive, responsible and ethical coverage of issues involving violence and discrimination against women and girls.
In order to take this mission forward with greater resolve and participation of key stakeholders, Breakthrough has designed a Media Fellowship Programme (MFP) for working journalists.The programme includes full-time reporters, freelance journalists, photojournalists, video journalists working in print, television and online media in India to sensitize and educate them about responsible reporting on issues related to gender-based violence and discrimination against women and girls.
A 9-month long intense fellowship programme with a group of 10 journalists from Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) and Uttar Pradesh will aim to strengthen their understanding and awareness level on gender-based stories. The Media Fellowship Programme will provide the trainees the opportunities to interact with gender experts, senior reporters and other relevant stakeholders through workshops The trainees will get opportunities to visit Breakthrough’s intervention areas in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana; interact with the community leaders, and gather stories from the ground. As an indicator to measure progress and level of understanding, during the last 3 months of the fellowship programme, each trainee will be required to get a minimum of 5 articles published in print or digital media platforms, one story each on any audio/visual platform related to relevant issues.