Young Journalists Deepen Their Knowledge on Gender-Sensitive Reporting

June 8, 2024


On June 7 and 8, 2024, young journalists had the opportunity to deepen their understanding of gender-sensitive reporting through the training program “Training with journalists about a fair and feminist reporting”. For two consecutive days at the Barabar Center in Prishtina, the training was led by lecturers Ejronë Popova and Kreshnik Gashi. They facilitated numerous discussions on gender-sensitive reporting, providing concrete examples of correct practices and common pitfalls to avoid.

Participants learned about feminist terminology, the importance of language in media reporting, and its impact on society. The training emphasized the media’s responsibility and influence in handling sensitive issues such as murders, rapes, and sexual harassment and assaults. Additionally, the trainers delved into the sources of misinformation on gender issues and misleading narratives, particularly against the LGBTQI+ community, highlighting the avoidance of hate speech and the promotion of gender equality.

According to journalist Gonxhe Konjufca, a participant in the training, gender-sensitive reporting is essential in journalism because it ensures that the experiences, perspectives, and challenges of all genders are accurately represented. She noted, “Being sensitive to gender equality in reporting helps highlight inequalities and advocate for comprehensive solutions. It also provides a deeper understanding of issues such as wage disparities, access to education, and representation in various sectors. During the training organized by Artpolis, I gained valuable insights into the importance of inclusive language, avoiding stereotypes, and ensuring all voices are heard. This training has equipped me with additional knowledge to report more responsibly and contribute to fairer reporting.”

For journalist Gent Mehmeti, another participant, initiatives to raise awareness about gender-sensitive reporting are crucial, especially in a patriarchal society with the widespread use of social media. He stated, “The quick access to social media has enabled anyone to report on sensitive gender issues without adhering to even the simplest reporting standards. This extensive reach has also affected the media in their efforts to increase their visibility. Fortunately, there is a strong campaign for gender-sensitive reporting, which is also being promoted through training for journalists and activists involved in such reporting. During the two-day training, we had the opportunity to learn about the forms of reporting on sensitive gender cases, using appropriate terms for victims and suspects.”

This training was organized by Artpolis, supported, and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Prishtina, Kosovo.

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