Media Tours Help Journalists Report On Development Activities

In the U.S. Department of State’s DipNote blog, David Lane, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. food and agriculture agencies in Rome, writes about hosting a media tour for journalists, to provide them “an opportunity to see how countries like Tanzania and Malawi are investing in agriculture and in programs to fight hunger and improve nutrition, and how development partners like the United Nations and United States are helping them.” He continues, “President Obama has emphasized that development must be characterized by transparency, mutual accountability and country-ownership. These media tours give us an opportunity to do just that, while exposing the journalists to the ins-and-outs of development work” (1/23).