SFCG publishes guidebook for radio journalists

Islamabad: Search For Common Ground (SFCG) Pakistan has published an illustrative guidebook and manual entitled Radio Talk Shows for Peace-Building to help Radio journalists and broadcasters to produce programs that contribute towards building tolerance, social cohesion and collaboration at community level.

This colourfully designed and illustrated handbook has been published in both Urdu and English versions, and it can easily be downloaded from the website www.pakistanpeaceinitiative.net.pk. This guidebook is part of SFCG Pakistan’s national-level “Pakistan Peace Initiative: Promotion of Dialogue for Peace building through Media and Youth Mobilization in Pakistan” project that is engaging all spectrums of Pakistani media, youth, community leaders and government officials to foster greater collaboration towards constructive dialogue, increased understanding of local tensions, and issues of key importance, thereby fostering increased moderation and tolerance across the country. Supported by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the PPI project is being implemented by SFCG Pakistan and its partner organizations in 25 districts of Pakistan, including FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir.

The methodologies described in Radio Talk Shows for Peace-Building are particular relevant to journalists working in the mass medium of radio. The handbook can also be used by media professionals from print and television media, as well as youth and community leaders to design and implement their own radio and peace initiatives. It is packed with rich tools, techniques and examples to help media professionals and peace activists to design and produce impact-based media talk shows by using the Common Ground Approach that can inspire and mobilize listeners and communities for peace rather than violence.

The Radio Talk Shows for Peace-Building guidebook is part of a series of several guidebooks and manuals published by SFCG Pakistan for media personnel, women politicians, youth and community leaders who are working to build a peaceful Pakistan.

Search for Common Ground Pakistan works to transform the way communities and societies deal with disagreement – away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. We work with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies’ capacity to deal with disputes and disagreements constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.