Engaging with the Media
|About this guide|
The aim of this guide is to help you get your message across to a wider audience when talking about sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.
It is essential to see the media, in all its forms, as providing a valuable opportunity to talk about what you do and how important it is. The media can help to convey your messages to a targeted or simply wider audience, and to help hold decision-makers and governments to account.
In order for this to happen you also need to understand why journalists and media outlets behave as they do, what they are looking for, and how you can help them find it.
It is about building trust with media practitioners and working together to tell compelling stories to an audience that wants to hear them.
WHO THIS GUIDE IS FOR
As part of the Sustainable Development 2015 (SD2015) programme, this guide is for anyone who is working in the sustainable development sector and on the post-2015 development agenda: NGOs, CSOs, charities, private sector, governmental organisations or any other stakeholder group that might engage with the media.
The SD2015 programme also provides a separate Advocacy Toolkit, specifically designed to help you develop an advocacy strategy to influence the post-2015 development agenda. This media-focused guide can be used to help target that strategy, develop its messages and engage with media as effectively as possible.
HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE
The guide is split into different topics (listed on the left on every page), with tips on how to deal with the media in different situations. You can either work your way through from start to finish, or go directly to the most relevant sections to find practical advice.
There are also PDF versions of the guide for you to download. It is available in four languages:
- Engaging with the media - English
- Travailler avec les médias - Français
- Colaboración con los medios de comunicación - Español
- Engajando com a mídia - Portugês
You can read more about the guides via this link.