September 26, 2020

Upcoming Training Course: Communicating labour rights: A training course for media professionals – Blended


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Description: The course aims to equip media professionals with the knowledge and competences to use international labour standards and the work of the international supervisory bodies to increasingly report and to raise public awareness of internationally recognized human and labour rights..

Target audience: The course, which will be conducted in English and Arabic, is addressed to journalists, correspondents, reporters, editors and publishers, working in all types of media (print, radio, television and the Internet). Public relations professionals and press officers of employers’, workers’, governmental and non-governmental organizations, including officials, are also welcome..


To enable participants to:

· understand how international labour standards are elaborated and how they are applied and supervised;
· determine when and how information on the international labour standards system can be referred to in media coverage;
· identify and use international labour standards in selected areas;
· use ILO’s databases and documents to research or enhance stories on labour, social and development issues.

Content and Format: This blended course will be divided into three compulsory phases.

Phase 1) Preparation

In preparation for the course, participants will be required to select and submit one local news story on labour issues, either a news item they have prepared or one published by their media house. They will also be asked to read some preliminary material offering an introduction to international labour standards and examining their importance in today’s globalized world.

Phase 2) Face-to-face instruction: 22-26 May 2017

· Introduction to the ILO and its international labour standards system, with special focus on the potential and relevance of for media work.
· When and how to incorporate international labour standards into journalism, with concrete case studies.
· The substance of selected ILS.
· ILO’s databases and documents on international labour standards, which will be used extensively during this phase.
· Sharing of experience of labour and social reporting.
· ILO’s resources for the media and contacts.

Phase 3) At a distance – via the Internet

Participation will include a major assignment consisting of preparation of a story on labour or social affairs related to international labour standards. Stories will be drafted during the residential phase of the course and then completed after it, at a distance.

Methodology: Training methods will include: presentations (face-to-face and by videoconference), computer demonstrations, practical exercises and plenary discussions.

Tuition cost: €2140 Subsistence cost: €600 Total cost: €2740

For more details, please access the course description at:

To apply for this course, interested candidates are requested to submit the following documents by 9 April 2017 at the latest:

· on-line application form duly filled in (the form is available at:;
· a letter from the sponsor indicating at least financial support for travel costs or a letter from the applicant stating that travel cost is covered by himself/herself, to be uploaded when filling in the on-line application.

For further information please contact: [email protected]

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