The U.S. government, together with NGO Project Concern International (PCI), is supporting the POSsibilities Project (Peace, Opportunity, and Security), which focuses on improving citizen security. Forty-five journalists and communication professionals received accredited diplomas in “Communication, Journalism and Citizen Security” from the University of Commercial Sciences Saturday, October 17. The training included recommended measures for journalists when covering a potentially dangerous story, as well as tools for disseminating citizen security information.
This program has trained 100 journalists (45 from Managua and 55 from the North Caribbean Autonomous Region) over the past three months. Consulting firm YS Communications developed the methodologies, tools and materials for six modules that covered: communication, journalism, citizen security, organized crime, violence and land tenure problems, and timber trafficking. U.S. Embassy spokesperson Erin Markley said, “We support the POSsibilities Project (Peace, Opportunity, and Security) because responsible reporting on citizen security can strengthen the security of Nicaraguans. It is impressive to see self-motivated journalists who are dedicated to improving their media skills in order to better inform the Nicaraguan public about these and other topics.” Participants in the program also developed a virtual platform on Facebook titled “Asi Vivimos Nicaragua” to track citizen security news stories and post videos created during the training. Participant Wilmer Benavidez spoke at the graduation ceremony, thanking the United States for providing support for the program, and encouraging all participants to continue communicating through the social network that has been created during the training.
PCI’s $2.4 million POSsibilities Project is working in 38 communities in the North Caribbean Autonomous Region to address the root causes of violence and crime in the region and to increase citizen security for communities of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua through education and capacity building, and community development.