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The use of digital tools in public service reporting

Course Details

Application Deadline:
October 15, 2012
Date:
November 21, 2012 - December 26, 2012
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The International Center for Journalists is offering an online course on the use of digital tools in public service reporting, which will be held from November 21 to December 26, 2012.

The online course is the first part of a program that will bring together professional and citizen journalists with civil society actors from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen. The six-week online course will guide 60 participants from these countries to work on ideas for multimedia public service journalism projects.

Photo by Frank S. Folwell

Photo by Frank S. Folwell

Throughout the online course, the selected participants will learn:

  • How to identify and adapt emerging technologies.
  • Twitter basics.
  • Understanding and using social media.
  • Reporting through crowdsourcing.
  • Understanding and using mobile, SMS and location-aware services.
  • Visual storytelling techniques.
  • Mapping and mashups for beginners.
  • Writing for the real-time Web.
  • Online video production.

The best 28 participants in the online course will then be invited for a digital media “boot camp,” in Amman where they will have access to experts in technology, multimedia and online marketing who will help them create multimedia projects in public service journalism to illustrate the issues that affect ordinary people in their everyday lives. The participants will return home to work on their projects and then assemble again after three months for a second boot camp. There, the program’s trainers will award seed funding to the five projects with the best potential for expansion and sustainability.

The most outstanding participant will then be invited to the United States for two-week activities which will include site visits and meetings reflecting their interests with representatives of civil society and non-profit organizations as well as journalistic organizations and government agencies. Capping the experience will be an opportunity for the participant to attend an international conference on digital media while in the U.S.

Application requirements:

  • Applicant should be a citizen and resident of the following countries: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, West Bank/Gaza or Yemen.
  • Applicant should NOT be older than 35 years old.
  • Ability to communicate well in English is preferred.
  • Applicant should submit a copy of his/her passport.

This program is made possible by the support of the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of ICFJ and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

The deadline for applications for the online course is October 15.

To apply, please follow these steps:

For more information, please contact: Dina Tariq at dtariq@icfj.org or at anywhere@icfj.org.