Who We Are
The Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD) is a media development organization that provides a platform for dialogue and exchange between local news media and citizens on matters and issues that impact on their communities through journalism for empowerment. The CCJD builds capacities in news reporting and in developing media-citizen engagement mechanisms. It likewise strengthens community-based media networks and journalism initiatives anchored on the principles of public journalism that promotes the idea that the news belongs to the people and that the news should lead to the solution of local problems.
It also works for the safety of community journalists through the Asia-Pacific office of the International News Safety Institute (INSI), a non-profit coalition of media organizations around the world dedicated to the protection of journalists everywhere by providing hostile environment, first aid and basic life support, and trauma awareness training and advocacy.
The CCJD is a founding member of the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ) which was established to provide economic and legal support to families of slain journalists. The other members of FFFJ are the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP), Philippine Press Institute (PPI), and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ).
Together with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), MindaNews, and National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), the CCJD is also working to increase the capacity of journalists, civil society and the public in selected areas in thePhilippinesto expose corrupt behavior in the public sector and to promote anti-corruption best practices.
It conducts seminars and training workshops on public journalism, media outreach, role of media in democracy, media and governance, journalists’ safety and security in thePhilippinesand in the Southeast Asian region. It also established regional and provincial networks of journalists and media organizations around thePhilippineswhose work focuses on encouraging greater citizen participation in governance.
The CCJD was registered onOctober 11, 2001 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit organization.
The CCJD also is the convener of Agenda 5 on media of the Philippine Urban Forum that serves as a platform for dialogue and convergence of good urban governance and secure tenure initiatives. It works throughout thePhilippinesbut also has ongoing cooperative undertakings with the Kuala Lumpur-based The Urban Governance Initiative (TUGI) of the UNDP. One of the planned activities of this undertaking is the development of a Southeast Asian media network on governance. It is a founding member of the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ) and the Forum on Democratic Options (FDO).
Its projects are supported by the UNDP-Manila, The Ford Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, among others.