Civic participation and journalism training are the focus of DW Akademie's projects in Bolivia. Projects here include a dual-journalism training program for journalists.
In Bolivia, the polarization of society, and especially the political landscape, is reflected in the country's media system. Broadcasters, newspapers, radios and online media are often used for pursuing economic or political interests. There is almost no independent, fair or balanced reporting on which people can form their own opinions. Added to this is that the media rarely focus on the interests of the public.
We work with local project partners to make journalism in Bolivia more participatory, diverse and innovative. Fundación para el Periodismo (FPP), a journalism foundation in La Paz, addresses one of the main problems of Bolivia's media system: journalism training here is based mainly on theory. To make training more practice-oriented, the FPP continues to develop its successful dual-journalism training program and has founded a training institute that also focuses on practice. Innovative formats and new business models are as much a part of the institute's curriculum as are technical developments in the media sector. For this, the FPP organizes MediaLabs and media forums throughout the country where media executives and media professionals discuss with their audience the current challenges facing Bolivia's media sector and experiment with new journalistic formats.
The Centro de Producción Radiofónica (Centre for Radio Production, CEPRA) in Cochabamba focuses more on populations living in rural areas and the outskirts of urban centers. CEPRA's digital learning platform offers training for local journalists, such as journalism basics or participating in journalism's technical developments.
In collaborative innovation labs ("Co-Laboratorios"), CEPRA is advancing local journalism together with media professionals and members of the public. For example, they discuss how community media can better reach their target groups and how the public can be involved in designing the content. Based on the discussions, they can then try out new ideas and concepts together in the Co-Laboratorios and share them with local journalists throughout the region.
Funding: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Program Director: Benedikt Borchers
Locations: La Paz, Cochabamba
Local Partners:Fundación para el Periodismo (FPP), Centro de Producción Radiofónica (CEPRA)
Focus: Civic participation, media literacy, participation of disadvantaged groups, participatory media formats, dual journalism training, professionalism and economic sustainability of the media sector, qualification, media innovation
Young people from Bolivia’s rural areas venture into radio in an effort to increase diversity and include more youth in community reporting.
Michelle Nogales, co-founder of Bolivia’s first feminist online magazine, is reporting on women and the LGBTQ+ community. Nogales explains why feminist journalism shows "the people’s reality".
Due to the pandemic, students in Bolivia were falling behind. But they're now back on track, thanks to Radio Escuela.
13 indigenous community reporters from DW Akademie’s partner organizations participated in media conferences in Latin America. They told us how this has influenced their work and how they are adapting to the pandemic.
14 young journalists make up the third round of this one-year journalism program conducted in La Paz by the Fundación para el Periodismo (FPP), and with support from DW Akademie. We asked a few trainees a few questions. (01.07.2019)
The subject of economics is considered to be dry, complicated and theoretical. In Bolivia, Colombian journalist Alberto Martinez teaches aspiring journalists to tell exciting stories about business topics. (28.05.2018)
Rosa Jalja is editor-in-chief of the community station "Radio Copacabana" and for decades has been focusing on giving indigenous people a voice. Her station broadcasts in Aymara, the language of her own ethnic group. (03.05.2018)
Bolivia is home to numerous indigenous radio stations but their staff are largely self-taught. The Pro Periodismo project is giving these indigenous journalists a chance to hone their professional skills. (17.09.2015)
The first group of students has graduated from a new one-year journalism training program in Bolivia. The journalism traineeship, which combines journalism seminars with on-the-job training, is unique in the region. (29.07.2015)
Shora Azarnoush and César Sánchez Carranza might live on different continents but they have one thing in common: a desire to become journalists. She's learning the trade in Germany; he's doing the same in Bolivia. (08.04.2015)