BY NEW BUSINESS ETHIOPIA REPORTER
Now journalists from all over the world can now apply online for the second class and successful applicants for the “Journalism in the Digital World” fellowship program will begin their ten-month training course this September, the academy stated in its press statement.
The new course starts on September 2, 2012 and once again consists of attendance phases in Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin as well as two intensive e-learning phases. The deadline for applications is May 7, 2012 and they can only be made online via the website.
Intajour regards the digitisation of the media as an opportunity for good journalism rather than a threat. It opens up new options for press freedom and freedom of speech worldwide, along with new means of directly reaching journalists around the world and supporting them in their work.
“After the great experience with our first batch of Fellows, we are looking forward to interesting applications from around the world once again. Our work to date shows that with Intajour, we’ve created an innovative tool for systematically coaching journalists in the digital media world, one that targets the individual needs of each participant,” says Intajour director Werner Eggert.
“We continue to pursue the goal of introducing journalists from countries where press freedom is not as much a given as here in Germany, to the opportunities of
The “Journalism in the Digital World” training program is aimed at journalists from countries where press freedom is restricted or threatened. The Fellows of the first year, which is still ongoing until June, come from Armenia, China, Egypt, Ghana, Liberia, Moldova, Nepal, Nicaragua, Syria, Thailand, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.
The 12 Fellows are coached in the areas of “investigative research”, “journalistic representation on the Internet,” “shooting and editing web videos,” “technical production of web content” and “media ethics”.
"The establishment of Intajour underlines Bertelsmann’s commitment to quality journalism and social responsibility. The Academy seeks to help promote press freedom through continuing training for journalists, particularly in the field of the new, digital media. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso served as patron of the Academy’s founding act in Berlin in September 2010," the statement noted.