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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Announcing 2014-2015 NED Democracy Fellowships

 
Apply Now for Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowships at the National Endowment for Democracy

 

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C. invites applications for fellowships in 2014-2015.  This federally-funded program enables democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.  Dedicated to international exchange, this five-month, residential program offers a collegial environment for fellows to reflect on their experiences and consider best practices; conduct independent research and writing; engage with colleagues and counterparts in the United States; and build ties with a global network of democracy advocates.

 

 

The program is intended primarily to support practitioners and scholars from developing and aspiring democracies; distinguished scholars from established democracies are also eligible to apply. Projects may focus on the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural aspects of democratic development and may include a range of methodologies and approaches. Fellows devote full time to their projects and receive a monthly  fellowship payment, health insurance, travel assistance at the beginning and end of the fellowship, and research support. Awardees may not receive concurrent funding from the Endowment or its family of institutes during the fellowship period. The  program does not fund professional training, fieldwork, or students pursuing a degree. A working knowledge of English is required.

 

 

2014-2015 Fellowship Sessions

Fall 2014: October 1, 2014-February 28, 2015

Spring 2015: March 1-July 31, 2015

 

For more information, visit our website http://www.ned.org/fellowships/reagan-fascell-democracy-fellows-program/applying-for-a-fellowship.

 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Using Technology to Promote Good Governance and Economic Transparency in West Africa

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Powerpoint Presentation: PDF

Event Highlights:PDF

featuring Kwami Ahiabenu Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy with comments by Larry Diamond Founding Coeditor, Journal of Democracy and Co-chair, International Forum for Democratic Studies' Research Council, National Endowment for Democracy moderated by Christopher Walker International Forum for Democratic Studies About the event In recent years, a majority of the 15 ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) member countries have enjoyed expanded political freedoms and have passed a variety of reform measures to combat corruption, including the establishment of a regional anti-corruption institution. Despite this progress, the region still confronts instability, limited transparency, and weak democratic governance. In response to these ongoing challenges, countries across West Africa have begun to harness the power of information communication technologies (ICT), primarily as a tool to monitor elections. Beyond their application in electoral environments, however, the full potential of new technologies to enable transparency, fight corruption, and monitor public service delivery has yet to be fully realized. In his presentation, Kwami Ahiabenu provided an overview of how new digital technologies, including online platforms, mobile apps, SMS, and social media, are being used to promote democratic governance and economic transparency in ECOWAS member states. He assessed relevant projects, identified gaps in project deployment, and offered recommendations for the effective use of technology to strengthen democratic governance in West Africa. His presentation was followed by comments by Larry Diamond. About the speakers Mr. Kwami Ahiabenu is founder and president of the International Institute for ICT Journalism, an Accra-based organization that promotes journalistic innovation and professionalism across Africa through the effective use of information communication technologies (ICT). Under Mr. Ahiabenu’s leadership, the Institute established the African Elections Project, which seeks to enhance the ability of mainstream media and citizen journalists to harness the power of ICT technologies to provide timely, relevant, and impartial election coverage and analysis. One of Ghana’s foremost experts on information technology and democracy, Mr. Ahiabenu has conducted numerous ICT trainings for African journalists and has written extensively on the political uses of information technology, including mobile phones, micro-blogging, community radio, and social media. He is also involved in accountability projects aimed at strengthening the media’s monitoring role over the extractive sector in Ghana and Uganda. During his fellowship, Mr. Ahiabenu is working to develop guidelines for enabling ordinary citizens to use information technology to track local government expenditure and ensure that public funds are being used for their intended purpose. Mr. Larry Diamond, the founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and the co-chair of the Research Council of the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy, is the director of Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. - See more at: http://www.ned.org/events/using-technology-to-promote-good-governance-and-economic-transparency-in-west-africa#sthash.jetEuIbo.dpuf

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Invitation to May 30 event "Using Technology to Promote Good Governance and Economic Transparency in West Africa," featuring Kwami Ahiabenu,II and Larry Diamond

 

The International Forum for Democratic Studies
at the National Endowment for Democracy

 

cordially invites you to a luncheon presentation entitled

 

"Using Technology to Promote Good Governance

and Economic Transparency in West Africa"

 

featuring

 

Kwami Ahiabenu,II

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy

 

with comments by

 

Larry Diamond

Founding Coeditor, Journal of Democracy and Co-chair, International Forum for Democratic Studies' Research Council, National Endowment for Democracy

 

moderated by

 

Christopher Walker

International Forum for Democratic Studies

 

Thursday, May 30, 2013
12 noon
2:00 p.m.

(Lunch served 12:00–12:30 p.m.)


1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004
Telephone: 202-378-9675


 

In recent years, a majority of the 15 ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) member countries have enjoyed expanded political freedoms and have passed a variety of reform measures to combat corruption, including the establishment of a regional anti-corruption institution. Despite this progress, the region still confronts instability, limited transparency, and weak democratic governance. In response to these ongoing challenges, countries across West Africa have begun to harness the power of information communication technologies (ICT), primarily as a tool to monitor elections. Beyond their application in electoral environments, however, the full potential of new technologies to enable transparency, fight corruption, and monitor public service delivery has yet to be fully realized.  In his presentation, Kwami Ahiabenu will provide an overview of how new digital technologies, including online platforms, mobile apps, SMS, and social media, are being used to promote democratic governance and economic transparency in ECOWAS member states. He will assess relevant projects, identify gaps in project deployment, and offer recommendations for the effective use of technology to strengthen democratic governance in West Africa. His presentation will be followed by comments by Larry Diamond.

 

Mr. Kwami Ahiabenu is founder and president of the International Institute for ICT Journalism, an Accra-based organization that promotes journalistic innovation and professionalism across Africa through the effective use of information communication technologies (ICT). Under Mr. Ahiabenu's leadership, the Institute established the African Elections Project, which seeks to enhance the ability of mainstream media and citizen journalists to harness the power of ICT technologies to provide timely, relevant, and impartial election coverage and analysis. One of Ghana's foremost experts on information technology and democracy, Mr. Ahiabenu has conducted numerous ICT trainings for African journalists and has written extensively on the political uses of information technology, including mobile phones, micro-blogging, community radio, and social media. He is also involved in accountability projects aimed at strengthening the media's monitoring role over the extractive sector in Ghana and Uganda. During his fellowship, Mr. Ahiabenu is working to develop guidelines for enabling ordinary citizens to use information technology to track local government expenditure and ensure that public funds are being used for their intended purpose. Mr. Larry Diamond, the founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and the co-chair of the Research Council of the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy, is the director of Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

13 -member Governing Council of the African University College of Communication (AUCC) inaugurated

A 13 -member Governing Council of the African University College of Communication (AUCC) has been inaugurated with Professor S.K.B. Asante as its chairman.

Other members of the Council include Hon. Kojo Yankah, Mr. Tim Acquah-Hayford, Mrs. Emma Mitchell, Mr. James Kwamena Anaman, Mr.J.E. Allotey-Pappoe, Dr. Sam Dapaah, Mr. Kwami Ahiabenu, Nana Essilfie-Conduah, Mr. Kwesi Gyan Appenteng, Mr. Kwasi Osei, Ms Judith Aidoo and Madam Dorothy Gordon.


In his inaugural address, Professor S.K.B. Asante said that the establishment of the Centre for Africana Studies by AUCC to complement the study of Communication was a laudable venture as it would enable the country to address the   high level of intellectual dishonesty associated with Africa's political history and socio-cultural institutions.

He further stated that it had become imperative for Ghana to address the unfortunate deficit in the projection of a positive African personality as far as the training of young men and women is concerned. He reiterated that "if we lose our sense of history, we lose our sense of identity, and if we lose sense of identity, we lose our sense purpose".

He added that it was important for each generation to pass on to the next generation, "stories that would help us to make sense of our experience as a people".

Professor Asante also congratulated AUCC for establishing Africa's first Centre for Media, Religion and Culture, whose objectives included demonstrating the African personality in the fields of communication and religious studies.

He intimated that he and his fellow Council members were also discussing the possibility of establishing A Centre for Advancement of Democracy and Governance as reflected in the Africa Union's African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

Professor Asante concluded his inaugural address by fiving the assurance that, having been vested with the power to control and manage the academic affairs of AUCC, the Governing Council would ensure that resources and accumulated knowledge of eminent council members in the field of communication and ICT studies would be tapped to ensure that communication education becomes vital to the development of the whole person –academically and culturally.

The members of the Council unanimously expressed the desire for a much closer working relationship with the School.

http://www.aucc.edu.gh/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=360:prof-skb-asante-chairs-aucc-governing-council&catid=67:university-news&Itemid=372

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

CPSR dissolution and Gary Chapman,Winner of CPSR's Norbert Wiener Award

It is my unenviable task to announce that Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), a non-profit educational corporation, has been dissolved.

CPSR was launched in 1981 in Palo Alto, California, to question the computerization of war in the United States via the Strategic Computing Initiative to use artificial intelligence in war, and, soon after, the Strategic Defense Initiative — "Star Wars". Over the years CPSR evolved into a "big tent" organization that addressed a variety of computer-related areas including workplace issues, privacy, participatory design, freedom of information, community networks, and many others.

Now, of course, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of organizations and movements that are concerned not only about the misuses of ICT by governments and corporations (and others) but also about trying to develop approaches that help communities work together to address issues related to economic and other inequalities and environmental degradation — as well as broader issues such as war and peace.

CPSR to me provided a vital link to important ideas and to inspirational and creative people. These people believed that positive social change was possible and that the use of ICT could play a significant role. For example, in 1993, CPSR developed a document designed to help shape the National Information Infrastructure (NII) program promoted by the Clinton/Gore administration to help guide the evolution of networked digital communication. Through a variety of conferences, workshops and reports, CPSR encouraged conversations about computers and society that went beyond hyperbole and conventional wisdom.

Although in many ways the issues that CPSR helped publicize have changed forms they generally still remain. The ethical and other issues surrounding the computerization of war, for one thing, have not gone away just because they're not prominent on the public agenda. CPSR's original focus on the use of artificial intelligence in "battle management" etc. and the possibility of launch on warning is probably still pertinent. The advent of ubiquitous and inexpensive drones definitely is.

Apparently, as many people know, the age of the participatory membership organizations is over — their numbers are certainly way down — and we in CPSR had certainly noticed that trend. I personally suspect that this development is not necessarily a good thing. I certainly would welcome another membership organization with CPSR's Big Tent orientation.

On the occasion of CPSR's dissolution we've developed two small projects for keeping CPSR's spirit alive.

The first is that it would be a good opportunity to catalog the groups and organizations around the world that would be natural allies to CPSR if it still existed. We've started this cataloging (see http://www.publicsphereproject.org/civic_organizations) but presumably have only captured a small fraction of these organizations. Please open an account on the Public Sphere Project site and add the information about your organization.

The second is less concrete but probably no less important. To help the current and future generation of activists as we envision possible futures and interventions, we'd like to put these two related questions forward: What applications of ICT are the most important to human development and sustainability? And, on the other hand, What are the strongest challenges to these applications? Please email me your thoughts on this and I will do my best to compile the thoughts and make them public.

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With this note I also want to announce that CPSR's final Norbert Wiener Award for Social and Professional Responsibility winner is Gary Chapman, who served as CPSR's first executive director from 1985 to 1992. The award recognizes outstanding contributions for social responsibility in computing technology. Named for Norbert Wiener (1894-1964), who, in addition to a long and active scientific career that brought the word "cybernetics" (and, hence, cyberspace) into the language, was also a leader in assessing the social implications of computerization. Writing in Science (1960) Wiener reminds us that, "...even when the individual believes that science contributes to the human ends which he has at heart, his belief needs a continual scanning and re-evaluation which is only partly possible. For the individual scientist, even the partial appraisal of the liaison between the man and the historical process requires an imaginative forward glance at history which is difficult, exacting, and only limitedly achievable...We must always exert the full strength of our imagination."

Gary who died in 2010, spent nearly three decades working towards peace and social justice as it related to information technology. As Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy and Information Center (EPIC) stated, Gary "made many people stop and ask hard questions about technology. Not just 'Is it cool?' but 'Does it make our lives better, or more just? And does it make our world more secure?' "

Gary's technology column, "Digital Nation," was carried in over 200 newspapers and websites. He taught and lectured all over the world, most recently as a guest faculty member at the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal. Since his time at CPSR he had been involved in a multitude of related projects including the International School for Digital Transformation (ISDT) that he and others at the University of Texas convened annually in Porto, Portugal.

Gary was on the faculty of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. On the local level, he also worked to bridge the digital divide, the gulf between those with access to technology and those without. In 1995, for example, he worked on the successful grant application that led to the establishment of Austin Free-Net (www.austinfree.net), which installed the first public access Internet stations in Austin, and continues today as a national model for bringing digital opportunities to low-income and digitally challenged residents. And in 2010, Gary co-founded Big Gig Austin (www.biggigaustin.org), which anchored the successful community campaign to bring the Google gigabit fiber network to Austin.

Gary was a principled and untiring advocate for the use of the Internet a tool for collaboration and other means to bring people together. Also, as a former medic with the Army Special Forces, Gary was especially concerned about the uses of computing in warfare. In his articles in the CPSR Newsletter, he warned that "Automating our ignorance of how to cope with war will produce only more disaster." With David Bellin he co-edited "Computers in Battle: Will They Work?", a book on the implications of computer technology in war, and was involved for many years in a rich collaboration with the Pugwash-USPID (Unione Scienziati Per Il Disarmo)-ISODARCO (International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts) community in Italy and elsewhere.

Gary contributed chapters to several books that I was involved with. Most recently, he contributed The Good Life, one of the patterns (publicsphereproject.org/patterns/lv) in Liberating Voices, a book that I wrote (with the help of 85 others). The verbiage from the pattern card abridged from the full text reminds us of Gary's humane values, and serves as an important challenge for all of us:

People who hope for a better world feel the need for a shared vision of the "good life" that is flexible enough for innumerable individual circumstances but comprehensive enough to unite people in optimistic, deliberate, progressive social change. This shared vision of The Good Life should promote and sustain conviviality and solidarity among people, as well as feelings of individual effectiveness, self-worth and purpose. A shared vision of The Good Life is always adapting; it encompasses suffering, loss and conflict as well as pleasures, reverence and common goals of improvement. An emergent framework for the modern "good life" is based on some form of humanism, particularly pragmatic or civic humanism, with room for a spiritual dimension that does not seek domination. Finally, the environmental crises of the planet require a broad vision of a "good life" that can harmonize human aspirations with natural limits. All this needs to be an ongoing and open-ended "conversation," best suited to small geographic groups that can craft and then live an identity that reflects their vision of a "good life."

Although this will be CPSR's final Weiner award, the work that Gary and other activists from CPSR and other organizations helped launch over two decades ago is now being carried forward by scores of organizations and thousands of activists all over the world, as digital information and communication systems have assumed such a central location on the world's stage.

Several projects including a Festschrift or other book project or event related to CPSR and social responsibility have been discussed although no firm plans have been made.

Gary Chapman was patient but persistent in his pursuit of progressive goals and a better life for all. Sadly, Gary left us before he could see his vision brought to fruition. He'll be missed but we all must push forward with his vision.


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CPSR's Norbert Wiener Award for Social and Professional Responsibility Winners


2013 - Gary Chapman
For his tireless efforts to promote human values within an increasingly computerized world.


1987 - David Parnas
For his work to promote software reliability and his campaign to raise public awareness of the technical infeasibility of the Strategic Defense Initiative.

1988 - Joe Weizenbaum
For his work to promote the human side of his computing, as expressed in his book Computer Power and Human Reason.

1989 - Daniel D. McCracken
For his work in the late 1960s to organize computer professionals against the deployment of ABM systems.

1990 - Kristen Nygaard
For his pioneering work in Norway to develop "participatory design," which seeks the direct involvement of workers in the development of the computer-based tools they use.

1991 - Severo Ornstein and Laura Gould
For their tireless energy to guide CPSR through its early years.

1992 - Barbara Simons
For her work on human rights, military funding, and the U.C. Berkeley reentry program for women.

1993 - Institute for Global Communication
For using network technology to empower previously disenfranchised individuals and groups working for progressive change.

1994 - Antonia Stone
For her work in founding the Playing To Win organization, which has brought computer skills to many people who have long been technologically disadvantaged.

1995 - Tom Grundner
For his pioneering work in establishing the Free Net movement, which has provided access to network technology to entire communities who would otherwise be unrepresented.

1996 - Phil Zimmermann
Inventor of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP). PGP allows the average person to encode his or her email. Previously, only governments or large corporations could make their email secure.

1997 - Peter Neumann
Editor of the RISKS Digest, for his outstanding contributions to the field of Risk and Reliability in Computer Science. Read his Notes on Receiving CPSR's Norbert Wiener Award

1998 - The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
A large open international community of individuals, engaged in the development of new Internet standard specifications, for its tremendously positive technical and other contributions to the evolution and smooth operation of the Internet.

1999 - The Free Software & Open Source Movements
This movement profoundly challenges the belief that market mechanisms are always best-suited for unleashing technological innovation. This voluntary and collaborative model for software development is providing a true alternative to proprietary, closed software.

2000 - Marc Rotenberg
For his ongoing efforts through CPSR and the Electronic Privacy Information Center to protect the loss of public's privacy through technological innovation.

2001 - Nira Schwartz and Theodore Postol
For their courageous efforts to disclose misinformation and falsified test results of the proposed National Missile Defense system.

2002 - Karl Auerbach
For pioneering democratic Internet governance.

2003 - Mitch Kapor
For being a role model for anyone seeking to succeed in the cut-throat world of high tech business without sacrificing integrity and conscience.

2004 - Barry Steinhardt
For being a prominent advocate for privacy and other civil liberties in the face of technologically-oriented threats.

2005 - Douglas Engelbart
For being a pioneer of human-computer interface technology, inventor of the mouse, and social-impact visionary.

2008 - Bruce Schneier
For his technical achievements and passionate advocacy for privacy, security, and civil liberties.



Douglas Schuler
 
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Public Sphere Project
 
Creating the World Citizen Parliament
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Liberating Voices! A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution (project)
 
Liberating Voices! A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution (book)
 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

NED Welcomes Spring 2013 Fellows

 

WASHINGTON—The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is pleased to welcome its Spring 2013 cohort of Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows and Visiting Fellows. In residence are leading practitioners, journalists, and scholars from around the world, including Bahrain, Burma/Thailand, Cambodia, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda, and the United States. A list of the 2012–2013 Fellows and their bios can be found here.

Named in honor of NED's two principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program seeks to increase the knowledge, enrich the skills, broaden the perspectives, and boost the morale of some of the world's most committed and courageous democracy activists and scholars. Based at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED's research and publications arm, in Washington, D.C., the program has enabled over 180 fellows from more than 80 countries to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.

Additionally, the International Forum hosts a small Visiting Fellows Program for scholars and practitioners who conduct independent research and writing in residence on an unfunded basis.

The International Forum offers a collegial environment for fellows to take a step back from the pressures of their daily work; reflect on their experiences and consider lessons learned; conduct research and writing; develop contacts and compare notes with counterparts; and build ties that contribute to the development of a global network of democracy advocates. Dedicated to international exchange, the Forum hosts an active calendar of events and facilitates connections between fellows and the academic, civic, media, and policy communities in Washington, D.C., and beyond.

For media inquiries, please contact Jane Riley Jacobsen at jane@ned.org or at (202) 378-9700. For more information on fellowship opportunities at the National Endowment for Democracy, visit www.ned.org.

Read more about NED's fellowship programs. :: more
List of Spring 2013 fellows :: more

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Baseline survey open data, open government and data journalism in Ghanaian newsroom

Baseline survey open data, open government and data journalism in Ghanaian newsroom

 

The International Institute of ICT Journalism (Penplusbytes), Ghana's premier new media organization, is undertaking a baseline survey on how newsrooms in Ghana plans to take advantage of opportunities offered by open data, open government and how they are investing in data journalism skills development. This study is coming at the time, Ghana is expected to pass the Freedom of Information Law which will unlock droves of data for the newsrooms and the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) undertaking Ghana Open Data Initiative (http://data.gov.gh) to make government data online. The World Bank's Open Data initiative (http://data.worldbank.org/ ) is also making bank's lending operations data available.

 

An unparalleled open data opportunity to help journalists tell compelling high impact stories is now a present reality.


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Online Reporting of Elections

This book contributes to debates concerning online reporting of elections and the challenges facing journalism in the context of democratic change. The speed of technological adaptation by journalists and their audiences means online news is gradually becoming a normalised part of media landscapes across the world. Journalists monitor social media for insight into the political process and as an instant indication of "public sentiment", rather than waiting for press releases and opinion polls. Citizens are actively participating in online political reporting too, through publishing eyewitness accounts, political commentary, crowd-sourcing and fact-checking information (of political manifestos and media reports alike). It is therefore growing increasingly important to understand how political journalism is evolving through new communicative forms and practices, in order to critique its epistemological role and function in democratic societies, and examine how these interventions influence daily online political reporting across different national contexts.

This volume covers comparative, research-based studies across a range of national contexts and electoral systems, including Australia, ten African countries, the European Union, Greece, the Netherlands, India, Iran, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

Foreword Bob Franklin

1. Introduction: Online reporting of elections Einar Thorsen

2. "The People's Debate": The CNN/YouTube debates and the demotic voice in political journalism Matt Carlson and Eran Ben-Porath

3. Remediating #Iranelection: Journalistic strategies for positioning citizen-made snapshots and text bites from the 2009 Iranian post-election conflict Rune Saugmann Andersen

4. Online Journalism and Election Reporting in India Saayan Chattopadhyay

5. A Journey Through 10 Countries: Online election coverage in Africa Ben Akoh and Kwami Ahiabenu, II

 6. "Second-Order" Elections and Online Journalism: A comparison of the 2009 European Parliament elections' coverage in Greece, Sweden and the United Kingdom Asimina Michailidou

7. (Not) The Twitter Election: The dynamics of the #ausvotes conversation in relation to the Australian media ecology Jean Burgess and Axel Bruns

8. Social Media as Beat: Tweets as a news source during the 2010 British and Dutch elections Marcel Broersma and Todd Graham

This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Practice. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415827515/

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

5th Penplusbytes Global Online Course in ICT Journalism ( 13th September to 13th December 2013)

13th September to 13th December 2013

Duration: 4 months

Location: online

Introduction

Penplusbytes' innovative global course in ICT Journalism provides a unique online training opportunity for journalists in the exciting area of ICT Journalism. Participants will be exposed to the wider context of ICTs assisted journalism including how these technologies are impacting on the world of journalism, how to harness the power of ICTs in producing high quality impactful stories, and how to manage change process in using innovative ICT tools. This course provides skills and knowledge within a practical interactive learning environment with the main goal of strengthening capabilities in both multimedia and online news production while increasing understanding of the rapid changing environment in newsroom operations due to opportunities and challenges Information and communication Technologies revolution brings. After successfully completing the course, each participant should be able to produce and implement a variety of creative solutions for online news operations.



Course Description and Goals

At the end of the course, the participants will learn five main sets of skills and knowledge

• You will learn and understand the broad spectrum of ICT tools changing the face of journalism

• You will learn how to research and publish content online

• You will learn how to leverage the power of social media in news settings

• You will learn that despite the proliferation of technology for journalism the fundamental principles of journalism still apply.

• You will learn to undertake digital story telling

Course Outline

The course is divided into 6 modules:

1. ICT Journalism – concept, theory and definition, online production, social media, content management system, online newsroom management and publishing platforms

2. The role of information and knowledge management in the newsroom

3. Writing for the web and online research

4. Online Security

5. Data Journalism and Visualization

6. Business Models of Online Journalism

Prerequisites

This course does not have any special prerequisites though participants will need to have basic computer skills such as sending and receiving mails, managing files and browsing the Internet. The course assumes participants are practicing journalists who have mastered journalism skills. Applicants should exhibit a passion for news, interest in the use of technology for the improvement of journalism and speak and write fluently in English.



Class Meeting

Participants are expected to meet online via group discussion weekly, it is expected that each participant must devote at least five hours per week online.


Materials

Participants will be provided with regular resources throughout the duration of the course, these resources will mostly be available online.


Grading

Participants are expected to undertake weekly assignments, participate in online discussions, create and publish content using ICT tools and produce a final project work to be published on www.penplusbytes.org

Certificates

All participants who complete the course successfully would be awarded a certificate.


Important Dates

• Closing date for receipt of application and statement is 20th August 2013

• Notification of acceptance: 1st September 2013

• Course starts on 13th September

Application
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Requirements

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4. Letter of consent from your editor or supervisor, send via email to training AT Penplusbytes.org

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