Skills for Impact (SFI) Program, Mandatory Elective for MPA
Governments and politicians have been gaining increasing influence over who owns, operates, and regulates the media. Monopolistic, corrupt, or non-transparent practices constantly mar the media policy making process. Moreover, media policies are hardly keeping up with the fast changes and advancements in technology.
In this climate, progressive policies are needed to protect freedom of expression. To help build such policies, experts and think-tanks have to take a fresh approach to advocacy, focusing on facts, targets, and impact indicators. Part of this effort is a detailed analysis of the policy establishment, including institutions that propose, draft and approve laws and policies, and key influencers in these institutions as well as players outside the establishment who directly or indirectly shape the decision making process.
This course provides students the basis for planning fact-based advocacy work in the policy field. The course will draw on examples of advocacy campaigns limited to the media policy area, but the set of rules on how to strategize and plan advocacy campaigns emerging from these experiences has applicability in a broad array of policy areas. Class sessions will consist of lectures on how to structure and plan advocacy work as well as analysis of examples of advocacy projects and hands-on exercises.
Freedman, Des; Obar A. Jonathan; Martens, Cheryl & McChesney W., Robert (eds.), Strategies for Media Reform