Support for the Jordanian media
New university courses new journalistic practices
Calendrier : March 2016 – June 2017 / Budget global : €640,000
In 2016, UNESCO’s office in Jordan entrusted CFI with the implementation of a component of the Support to Media programme which is financed by the European Union. This project, oriented towards initial training within universities and continuing professional development in digital technology, ended in June 2017.
In terms of initial training, Yarmouk University in Irbid and the Middle East University (MEU) in Amman, benefited from support in adapting their journalism courses to developments in the journalism profession and to the new requirements of the media. Since the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, they have integrated four new lessons into their courses: legislation, ethics, online journalism and radio and television investigation. They have also committed to increasing the amount of study time devoted to practical aspects, implementing workshops in groups of fifteen students and making use of external professional contributors more frequently.
Two training sessions for trainers were organised in January 2017 in order to promote the adoption of new subjects by the teachers at Yarmouk and MEU. 16 teachers were trained in teaching online and investigative journalism. This project therefore led to very significant changes in the journalism course at the two partner universities. Their executive managers particularly appreciated the partnership approach adopted by CFI and its partner, the ESJ (Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme), which consisted first and foremost in exchanging ideas and practices.
Prioritising digital technology
Regarding continuing professional development, CFI and the ESJ-Pro journalism college in Montpellier organised six one-week sessions in Amman, Irbid and Aqaba, from February to April 2017, on the basis of the results of a study on the training needs of Jordanian journalists, conducted by the Jordan Media Institute in 2016.
Led by Jordanian and Tunisian journalists, they addressed four subjects: data journalism, processing and displaying information, producing multimedia content and interactive content, social networks, and protecting sources and online communications. In parallel, four “masterclasses” were offered to media executives and managers on the following subjects: organising a 360° editorial department; innovative and sustainable business models; change management and audience measurement.
In total, 114 journalists (35% of whom were women) and 40 managers (35% of whom were women) attended these sessions. The evaluation conducted among participants revealed that over 70% of them were very satisfied. Some of the managers expressed a desire to benefit from new training in the field of digital media and multimedia.
We applied a global approach aimed at universities, students and active journalists. We hope that, at the end of this project, the teachers and professional journalists will be able to implement the skills developed during the training in order to make a real difference.
Louis Meunier, project coordinator for CFI
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