Matching:Points — UN Media

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GAPW acknowledges a number of obstacles that lead to sometimes insufficient reporting on UN-related matters. Although the coverage of the UN seems too often “scandal driven,” journalists are also often confronted with a rather rigid information policy on behalf of UN representatives. Many have strong opinions, both positive and negative, surrounding media and its implications, but it is important to do due diligence in improving the circumstances for reporting and exchange of information for both the journalists subject to tight deadlines and editorial parameters and, in this case, those working on UN initiatives who are often subject to complex and consensus-driven processes. As such, we see a crucial need for improvement of UN coverage by international media outlets.

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matching:points is the Global Action To Prevent War (GAPW) media initiative through which we seek to examine and revitalize relations between media outlets and stakeholders at the United Nations (UN) in order to improve objective reporting standards on multilateral and UN matters as well as better communicate to the public the vital peace and security work done at the UN.

We target UN journalists, UN departments, country missions and the public with this initiative, because we believe that its success depends on multi-dimensional talks for the benefit of all groups involved.

To achieve the goals of the initiative, transparency and objectivity through open dialogue, we plan to organize ongoing meetings involving various stakeholders in different constellations.Parallel to the meetings, we hold conversations with UN correspondents and UN representatives worldwide in order to synthesize divergent views on UN reporting.  We also maintain a policy blog and twitter @globalactionpw to help disseminate our findings.

Our initiative is subject to regular monitoring by our board members, content experts and professional journalists.

For a report on UN media from on our media initiative click here, or contact  zuber[at]globalactionpw.org