Media’s Role in Fostering Voter Engagement and Civic Responsibility

man speaking in front of a groupAs part of its elections outreach, the U.S. Embassy brought ARS Speaker Eduardo Cue for a five-day program in Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso. Mr. Cue traveled to Bobo Dioulasso from September 13-15 to train 30 journalists in the economic capital of Burkina Faso. The second half of Mr Cue’s trip was canceled due to political unrest in the capital. During the training, he discussed what they were doing to engage and inform the public on matters related to the presidential election, initially scheduled to occur on October 11, 2015. He also addressed the relationship between politicians and media, stressing that a political journalist should never be a political activist. He proved most popular during a conversation with the journalists on the role of the press in investigating the private lives of candidates, which should be fair game since they are running to represent the people.