In May 2011, journalists for human rights educational officer Robin Pierro helped organize a reporting field trip with students from the African University College of Communications and the Ghana Institute of Journalism to the Krisan Refugee Camp in the western region of Ghana. The trip taught the students what human rights reporting is all about and gave them an opportunity to put their journalism skills to use.
The ten students were separated into groups and produced a video documentary focused on youth in the refugee camp, a radio documentary (with the help of jhr media intern Angela Johnston) about refugees being pushed into working as prostitutes, and four print articles accompanied by photos.
The trip was funded by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the students spent three days working inside of the camp
Prior to departure Robin held a series of 5 workshops preparing the students for their visit to the refugee camp. The workshops focused on human rights reporting and reporting techniques such as interviewing, story structure, pitching. A large component of the workshops was also focused on documentary production.
Following the visit to the camp Robin continued her series of workshops to guide the students through the post production work on their stories and the documentary.
This video highlights some of the lessons they learnt about human rights reporting and journalism.