Today's newsroom environment is not devoid of conflict. With many competing interests, especially the business demand for media survival while journalists do what they know best – tell compelling stories – there is bound to be conflict. The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) together with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media Programme Sub-Saharan Africa (KAS Media) graduated the second cohort of newsroom managers from the Managing Conflict in Today's Newsroom Programme on November 17, 2023. The five-day programme brought together a diverse group of newsroom managers from Sub-Sahara Africa. The programme equipped the participants with the ability to resolve workplace conflict and disagreement in order to lead effectively. They covered key conflict resolution concepts relevant to the functions of newsroom managers and leaders.
Speaking at the graduation, Prof. Nancy Booker, Dean of GSMC encouraged the participants to make the most of the unique programme stating that being a journalist is a high-stress job that can lead to conflict and burnout. “It is important for newsrooms to ensure that their employees to resolve conflict and maintain work-life balance so that they can be more efficient, productive and perform better at their workplace," she said.
In his remarks the KAS Media Programme Sub-Saharan Africa Director Hendrick Sittig said, “Newsroom work has changed enormously in recent years. Responding to these changes, finding solutions for thriving media products, and above all recognising and resolving conflict at an early stage are areas the programme addresses. Many thanks to GSMC for the cooperation in creating this programme."
The programme attracted 15 participants from 12 countries from across Sub Sahara Africa.