Building a Responsible, Effective Liberian Media: an Exchange Program for Liberian Journalists, Editors, Educators and Media ManagersThe Center for Democracy and Development at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, working closely with the Office of the President of the University of Massachusetts, the University of Liberia and other U.S. and Liberian allies, is undertaking a program of educational and cultural exchange to help Liberian journalists, editors, educators, and media managers develop independent, effective, professional media in their recently devastated and still fragile country. The project is funded by the US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Liberian participants will be exposed to international professional standards in journalistic ethics, accountability, objective reporting, and impartial investigation. Among our goals are more accurate and more extensive media coverage on vital issues including HIV/AIDS, anti-corruption efforts, and respect for cultural and ethnic identity. We will also emphasize the business and management aspects of running a successful media business in a developing society where media organizations and professionals may be subject to intimidating or corrupting influences.
Liberian and American professionals will participate in workshops and site visits in New England and Liberia that will promote professional standards, effective management, innovation in media production, and organizational sustainability. In-country institutions involved in the project include the Press Union of Liberia, the Liberian Media Center, and the Environmental Journalists of Liberia Association. We will also involve the Association of Liberian Journalists in America.
During September and October, 2007, the Project brought a delegation of Liberian journalists to Boston and Washington DC for a three week program of workshops, site visits, and internships. The delegation included:
Liberia Workforce Development Delegation Visit MassachusettsFrom 2-14 June, 2008, a delegation of workforce development experts from the Republic of Liberia visited Massachusetts under a US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs project awarded to the University of Massachusetts (Edmund Beard, Senior Advisor, Office of the UMass President and Director of the McCormack Graduate School Center for Democracy and Development, PI).
The delegation consisted of:
Lunch was provided in the Members Lounge. At the close of the day, the entire delegation was taken to the well of the House, during a live session, and introduced by name to the House Membership; at which time the delegation received an extended standing ovation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.