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Is journalism training in your region behind the times?

As the Internet and new communication technologies continue to alter and revolutionize the media, concern is arising in many parts of the world that journalism training isn’t keeping up with the changes in the profession.   

 

Moreover, journalists who live in countries without a strong IT infrastructure are having a difficult time developing new media skills on par with their global counterparts.

 

In your region, do you think journalists are adequately prepared to work in today’s media environment? Does the training provided by journalism schools and professional organizations meet the challenges presented by an era of new media? If not, what needs to be done?

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rebranding of journalism

I am so happy to come across this topic.I am a freelance journalist based in Lagos Nigeria.Most of what i know as a professional journalist is based on my desire to offer my service and learn as a freelance young journalist. I was trained at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Training School in Lagos,i realized that what i was taught in school was just theory. The challenges are out there on the street when you have to do a report,interview people and source materials for a program. I just finished with some intern from different schools posted to my station and they bared their minds on what they also face as young budding and intending journalists.IT is a luxury in some media organization,for me i have to purchase a service provider that i use in working.If not i will be behind time.Its only passion that keep most young journalist to continue in the profession. The future of journalism profession lies with us but the challenges are overwhelming with lack of adequate work tool,to insufficient training opportunity and the zeal burning in the bones of the upcoming journalists.

Nigeria needs to act on journalism training

Nigeria media managers need to act to improve journalism cum ICT training in the country. Or else the country may just witness what we are witnessing the medical healthcare: Mass exodus of professionals. If that happen Nigeria democracy may be worse for it.

Journalism training

Journalism training in Nigeria, like any other kinds of training, is at an abysmal level. Journalism is taught in universities only as a course in Mass Communication departments in universities. However, most of those who practice professionally never studied Mass Communication. Unfortunately, there are no Journalist training institutions to train, retrain and update skills of reporters and editors. There is a Nigerian Institute of Journalism, NIJ, where i lectured briefly in the mid-nineties but the quality of training there is nothing to write home about. Also, unfortunate, is that media houses never ever organize capacity building programs for journalists. Nigeria is a place where a reporter can rise to become editor - in - chief of a newspaper over a period of two decades without the benefit of one single training opportunity.The evidence of the lack of capacity building manifest in the quality of news produced, even in the unpardonable mistakes that "grace" the pages of our newspapers. Some of these problems are what the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, Abuja, was set up to tackle. Hopefully, the Centre, in a couple of years, would have succeeded in bridging some of the gaps that exist in journalism training in Nigeria.

Dayo Aiyetan Executive Director International Centre for Investigative Reporting Abuja

Training in Journalism

There is only one Journalism training school in Nigeria apart from Mass Communication departments in tertiary institutions. Media houses over the years hardly send their staffs for trainings or organise in-house training to develop staff in ICT and new media technology. Kudos most go to Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and Voice of Nigeria (VON) where trainings are periodically done. For the rest of the others, its a far cry. Private TV houses are springing up everyday in Lagos and yet its owners have never thought of the need to train its staffers. Newspaper and magazines are the worst off, they have nonchalant attitude towards staff growth and career development. Apart from entertainment journalist in Nigeria who seem to have no formal training yet fit in because of the style and needs of the job. Nigeria is not alone in this unfortunate scenario, in Qatar there is no training or whatsoever for staffers except for Al Jazeera which trains its journalist usually. For the rest newspapers and magazines, its the same carefree attitude. Who shall save us!

From Pakistan

Dear All, being a journalist and media practitioner, I would like to point out the huge gap between the academia and media organizations. This gap is resulting in not only hampering the progress of our universities in the realm of journalism education but is also keeping media outlets under the thumb of certain out-dated mindsets. Ultimately result is that neither universities are producing the job ready graduates from journalism courses nor media is able to break shackles of sick and out-dated mindsets ruling the roost. There are certain exceptions of course but they are far too little to mention and demand for developing a workable connection or relationship between media organizations and academia remains the top priority. As for the new media is concerned, yes it is available there in the form of social media but again with the exception of few, the typical mindset is not yet considering it reasonable enough to make it part of their journalism practices, therefore, more than journalists a training or capacity building program for decision makers is of utmost requirement in Pakistan than anywhere else. Because fresh journalists are far more tuned with the concept of social media as compared to those who makes the decision but many dont know how to use an email. Therefore, I would like to see more training in this regard and more online resources made available to local journalists while advocacy and capacity building efforts be initiated for the decision makers or as they are called media moguls in Pakistan.

Regards

Saeed Minhas Ahmed

Best Practice in Nepal

In our region media-persons work in not good environment.But best practice of journalism due to good training provided by journalism schools like FNJ, NPI, CIJ etc. Rakesh PC Nepal

it is everywhere

If it's training and not "doing," it's already behind the times. Now more than ever, you need to practice journalism not study it...

from Pakistan

Although the scope of journalism in universities has increased and the number of working journalist has doubled over the last decade, but Pakistan continue to lack behind in protecting journalists. No wonder, Pakistan topped the list of the Committee to Protect Journalists as being the deadliest country to work. Because as the number of journalists soared, the professionalism in the field has fallen to an all-time low.

Students, who have recently graduated with Journalism degree find a big gap between the theoretical study and practical field. The journalistic ethics and values, that are being taught at the institutions, are not being followed by working journalists neither being implemented by Media organizations. Besides, the journalism schools and media organizations are not well-equipped to meet the challenges of social media.

Pakistani journalists need to be trained in line with latest technology, as well as professional ethics. Media organizations should also extend full support to their employers, including life insurance, so that journalists can work with full confidence and spirit. There is also a need to introduce Media Guidelines in media houses, including Social Media Guidelines to avoid any pitfalls.

i john amaowoh,Publisher of

i john amaowoh,Publisher of the National forerunner newspaper based in Port Harcourt, Rivers state,Nigeria .i want to response with the views express above by various journalists across the world.the way journalism is today is quite different from that of yesterday with particular reference to that of Nigeria.most journalists in Nigeria work without any thing to fall on.that i means in terms of salary and other incentives to helped drivers the work.and like i said ,the government seems to be less concern because this the area that corruption flows into other aspect of the nation economy.the so call politicians are not even helping matters,they go ahead to ensure some media house are close down.the journalism union which is supposed to protect members are already redden in corruption. and like others have suggested,the working change as to meeting up with modern technology seems to pose another gap between some media practitioners in Nigeria .the lack of the freedom of information bill is also a challenge for effective journalism most especially in nigeria. john amaowoh,234 08035500286

I would rather say that with

I would rather say that with time, the way of treating information is not the same and is constantly increasing in standards and that is why we, journalists should be trained in an advance way so that we can cope with the changes of the way of coping with information. I cannot say how they work in France, for my working journalism experience has been done in an island in the indian ocean. The tools are up to standard and in france, it is true that information can be made every seconds like for instance france press who is very alert about each and every single information per minute. That is amazing. As far as I am concerned, following up my working experience abroad, I can say that the way of treating information is not the same in an island for instance compared to a country. People are so carefree in an island and there is no much pressure than for instance a journalist exercising in Europe. It depends on the editoir himself, some editors are very pushy and always want more and more information being greedy .I think that an international code should be foccussed and making international journalists follow them .This code should ensure that pressure is forbidden and journalists should have one week at least to treat information regarding papers on social problems. As for daily news, press conferences and so on, journalists should be authorized to send their reporting by email and not having to stay until the end because they do have short nights."Too much work makes jack a dull boy", so many times, this proverb has been sent as a warning to the hungry employers. Nazma FOURRE

Journalist(s) a

Journalist(s) are prepared to work in accordance to the ethics in most countries including Nigeria.

But the political era where corruption have consumed the conscience of the leaders does not create the platform for objectivity in News reportage.

Therefore, outside training of Journalists, law makers should ensure that Freedom of Information bills are passed into law to enable Journalist put into practics what they have learnt.

in Nigeria, jo

in Nigeria, journalism training is way way behind times. for lots of journalists, internet knowledge does not go beyond emails. Alots of journalists do not know how to use the search engines to get the information that is readily available. the sad thing is that a large number of media men and women are not interested in learning these new trends(i.e. media and ICT). some how, they are not interested in shifting from their comfort zones. so even when the chances for trainings avail themselves people are not interested, they see it as a stressful venture. what these set of people fail to understand is that journalism as they know it has changed and whether they like it or not in the next 5 years or so any journalist who fails to be ICT compliant might actually not find a place to fit in even in the most backward of regions. i believe there is still a chance for nigerian journalists to catch up; sure the challenge of slow access to network and the fact that many organisations do not have provision for internet are some handicaps do exist yet the mind set of lots of nigerian journalists need to be re-tuned to the fact that times have changed and to be relevant you have to move with the times.

Thanks for your

Thanks for your resources.
Here in Nigeria, though internet access is accessible, it comes with a cost when you use the cyber café, which can really be very slow to access. Not all the media houses provide internet access for their reporters.

Training for media practitioners is almost nill. My Organization, MEDIA CAREER SERVICES, a media training and research consultancy firm based in Lagos, Nigeria, have, and is still trying to influence media houses/ media practitioners to imbibe the culture of career improvement training, and ICT training is one issue that’s hard to sell here.

Most reporters/media practitioners here in Nigeria are just comfortable with accessing there mails for press releases and sending emails. The other aspects that internet and ICT communication can be used for in the area of career devt are not ventured into, but for only a few, and it’s these few that blaze the trial. Maybe it’s the working environment, maybe it’s an economic problem, whatever it is, there is so much resources in ICT that journalists need to tap into to enhance their work, but not many people are accessing, OR better still, not many people KNOW how to access.

Don't Know of any journalism schhool in Nigeria that offers a course in ICT as a major course as part of its training module for journalism training. The media owners/management are also guilty of this.

SANMI FALOBI Programmes Manager, MEDIA CAREER SERVICES Lagos, Nigeria. Email: mediacareernig@yahoo.com

I like this top

I like this topic, but IT infrastructure in my country is quite good.All informations from you now become part of my story to tell in the radio and also the topic for dialog. We have to thank you for the IT technologic now days

As a Journali

As a Journalist and a Nigerian I mus first all commend my fellow press men and women whom despite all the odds against our rofessional , have still continue to bring out their best. But frankly speaking Journalism training in our region is still far left behind. Mos journalist in my country are still ryin to grabble with the Internet revolution and the various easy technologies that has today make this noble profession more easier and brought communication to our door steps, despite the distance in globa issues, either econmicaly, politicaly or socialy. I think it is imortant for journalists in this region to be trained constanly on these changes and for the Internaional media organisations to lend some assisting hands in this regards.

Your update sub

Your update subject of discussion interests me because the fact is that the act is not on par in every region, thus affecting the global change in the profession.

I am journalist and media trainer of the Institute for Media Development & Dignity(IMEDD), a media training and advocacy organization involved in specialized journalism skills in Liberia. But don't be surprise to learn that 60% of journalists in this region hardly have email accounts, needless to talk about knowledge of IT technology which is troubling. The button line is that donor support to media development organizations to transfer said skills to our colleagues is yet a dream.I hope that this will sent a signal to organizations to support the journalists in development countries to meet up with these challenges in order to be par with their colleagues in other regions.

All the best as we all strive for a global vibrant media by strengthening journalists in other regions.

Information Tec

Information Technology has been adopted across all spheres of life .Though, the media sector in kneya seem to be lagging behind .Centres of training have not adopted which is posing a great challenge to the media industry.

Dear Associates

Dear Associates,

Though in late in our region now started different kinds of initiatives in the media and journalism sectors.Here I'd like to express that we are not sufficient familiar without theorotical degree on this sectionWe are needed more sufficient options for technical and practical news and information technology and not by institutional but also trade and vocational facilities.Hope my other associates would pay attention on it and have cooperations to affort for such initiatives in Bangladesh and nearer region.

MUKTI MAJID The Monthly Muktidooth Dhaka,Bangladesh. http://themonthlymuktidooth.blogspot.com

journalism in N

journalism in Nigeria could be said to be some how lagging behind in IT journalism because all the institution of highier learning where journalism is being thought are not equipped with IT machines to educate potential journalists.

however individual journalist who can afford to pay for the training do upgrade their expreince in IT jounrnalism .

we would also appreciate it, if you would extend your training programmes to some Nigerian journalists who can't afford the pay

Yes, Journalism

Yes, Journalism training in my country(Nigeria) is still poor. Infrastructures like digital printing and broadcast equipments are lacking. Lacking also are Internet facilities.

(Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of chidi opara reports).

In India, the p

In India, the problem is that demand for journalists has far outstripped supply. India's nearly 400 government universities that offer journalism/communication degrees are trained by professors who have probably not stepped into newsrooms in a decade or more. There are a few good private training schools that give one-year diplomas but they don't nearly produce enough trained or good journalists. This has caused significant job-hopping among existing journalists and training has taken a back seat. There are hundreds of poorly trained and ill-equipped (many can't spell if their lives depended on it) covering important beats at important papers. In general, a pretty sorry state of affairs. Raju Narisetti Editor Mint www.livemint.com

I think this is

I think this is lacking in most of developing countries due to insufficient facilities. Internet is 1st and most effective communication gaget/ system of the 21st century.

Africa need to strengthen and prioritize this area of training in order to open opportunities for, and empower them in areas of research, report writing and publications. Internet should give a simple and quick answer to some of this.

Yes journalism

Yes journalism training in my country is lacking far behind. I just read a front page headline "Prostitutes are gearing up for 2010." That says journalists have still not heard anything about sexworkers. and they are not gender sensitive. They need to be taught language. Actually I am organising a workshop to help out any suggestions anyone?

Today, journali

Today, journalists have become an important element of the society worldwide, since they play a major role in forming public opinion by fully exploiting technological blessings. But as we experience in certain regions and countries, journalists' role is (self)restricted so limiting them selves to be very conventional "reporters". Main reason is journalism education and training. In Sri Lanka, Jorunalism is taught in universities and journalists are trained in various other institutions, meaning that in Sri Lanka, journalism education occurs in both formal and non formal manners. But most of the curruculams being used are out-of-date. Teaching/training methods are very traditional. Modern technology is far away from these academic courses.

I see two main reasons among many other secondary causes. Firstly the poor infrastructure furnished in these institutions and secondly lack of capacity building for teachers. However, market & political trends of the context also matter.

Honestly, it se

Honestly, it seems to me that no amount of journalism training would prepare the Cameroonian journalist to overcome the intrigue, skulduggery and intimidation to which they are subjected. Journalists in Cameroon are treated like some grave diggers and are perceived somewhat as individuals suffering from some strange syndrome because of which they must be kept at arm's length. The attitude of both officialdom and the man-in-the-street towards journalists makes media practitioning in Cameroon so difficult that no amount of training can prepare them to surmount the difficulties all this entails. One may not blame officialdom alone for this attitude towards Cameroonian journalists because some of them behave in such despicable ways that most times one finds it difficult to identify them as colleagues.

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