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Publié le 28 juin 2010

History

2000

- Traumatised by the 1994th drama of “radio mile collines” in Rwanda, Mélanie Djédé, who then was the German Development Service’s (DED) national director ) in Burkina Faso, decides to contribute to the education of journalists with her organisation. She then initiates a study reviewing the actual needs of the Media in Burkina Faso.

2001

- Creation of a journalists’ association who meets every last Friday of the month in an informal setting to talk about questions regarding their work. A technical assistant, Inga Lohse, who is responsible for the DED’s public relations , is put in charge of advising the association.
- First trainings in basic journalism and informatics/ computer literacy/ edp/ electronic data processing

2002-2003

- The trainings are widely appreciated. As the demand increases, the technical assistant sees the need for a more professional organisation
- Some DED events were covered by the media

2003-2006 Preparation for Autonomy

- A new technical assistant of the DED, Bettina Taraki, dedicates herself exclusively to the promotion of media. She is supported by a junior technical assistant, Susanne Fuchs. The network’s meetings are reorganized and take place at the national press centre Norbert Zongo, from now on.
- Continuation of the monthly meetings and more specific trainings (image rights, (professional) ethics, handling of information)

2006

- Susanne Fuchs substitutes Bettina Taraki as technical assistant in media promotion
- Elaboration of the first strategic plan for the RIJ (2003-2005)
Continuation of monthly meetings and more specific trainings ((professional) ethics, investigative journalism, creation and handling of blogs, processing of photos, sound and text)
- Introduction of cultural evenings and special subject days

2007-2008 Opening up for new partnerships

2007

- Training and production trip with 10 journalists and the technical assistant to Benin, Togo and Ghana in August 2007,supported by the national office for communication (Onatel), the DED and a contribution of each participant
- Continuation of monthly meetings, specific trainings, cultural evenings and special subject days
- A blog is set up

2008 : Opportunity for a formalisation of the RIJ

- Production trip, supported by the Goethe Institute to Abidjan, with 10 journalists and the technical assistant
- Production trip to Tougan concerning the subject “la vie chère” (increased cost of living)
- Production trip to Banfora, Sindou and the border of Ivory Coast, to Orodara and Bobo-Dioulasso
- Continuation of monthly meetings, specific trainings, cultural evenings and special subject days
- Setting-up the website www.rij-burkina.org
- The RIJ’s General Assembly (balance of the former strategic plan and introduction of a succeeding one, opportunity for the network’s formalisation )
- After Susanne Fuchs, Alexandra Leon takes the post of the consultant for media promotion for the DED

2009 Ahead with big steps

- Production trip to Kaya, visit of different radio stations and musicians
- Production trip to Pô, visit of the park Nazinga and crossing of the border to Ghana
- The RIJ’s General Assembly (election of the new executive team and adjustment of the statute as well as internal regulations in order to prepare for a formalisation of the network)Training in Kaya “gathering and usage of information”
- Study and exchange trip to Mali, visit of Ségou and Bamako
- Production trip to Gaoua, visit of the mayor and a gold seekers’ village near Kampti
- Cooperation with the Goethe Institute and the Deutsche Welle
- Continuation of monthly meetings, specific trainings, cultural evenings and special subject days