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Media Bootcamp: Reporting on Responsible Business

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Wednesday, October 12, 2019

Conference Room, Mumbai Press Club, Mahapalika Marg, Azad Maidan, Mumbai


Application

To register, please click here

Post the application process, successful candidates will be intimated by September 15, 2019.

Context

Financial institutions and businesses combined are critical drivers of an economy. Both the banking sector and the businesses play an important role in the socio-economic-political ecosystem. On one hand, the banking sector fuels businesses through lending and they also are custodians of significant proportions of public money. The businesses on the other hand employ large proportion of the labour force, has control over several kinds of resources. their work has high social impact and costs, and in the market-led political economy, they have a significant influence on policy decisions.

However, the accountability demanded from businesses is often limited to financial integrity and money flows. Journalism around corporations rarely ventures outside the realm of press releases, quarterly earnings and news about mergers and acquisitions. Much of the media coverage on corporate practices has been reduced to a PR exercise, and when the media does engage in critique, it allocates much of its critical gaze to specific scams and big frauds but rarely examines the everyday practices and policies of businesses with much scrutiny.

Aim

The one day boot camp for journalists, communicators, media students and researchers would aim to drive the point that for businesses to take issues of social responsibility seriously, proactive media reportage is needed. Just like the media scrutinizes political power, it must attempt to hold the same mirror to businesses in more responsible ways.

What Will You Get?

You would be leaving the proposed training with the following:

  1. A sensitization and an overview of the many missing gaps in reportage around business responsibility and accountability.

  2. Embracing the many systemic roadblocks in doing reportage of this nature and how to overcome them.

  3. Business and Intersectionality: How to tell the untold stories

  4. How to write/present facts on business responsibility.

  5. How to read important documents such as a balance sheet, company annual report and what these can tell you

  6. Data driven reportage and where to look for it

  7. Resources and a tool kit

Broad Agenda

  • Understanding the media’s perspective

  • Fact checking businesses

  • Businesses and social responsibilities

In case of any queries or clarification, please contact:

Ileena Roy

e: ileena@oxfamindia.org | m: +91 9999231935