[FoME] Columbia University study of journalism training in Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda

Kohl, Astrid astrid.kohl at inwent.org
Mo Jun 29 15:56:00 CEST 2009

Dear colleagues of the media and development world,

"There Will be Ink: A study of journalism training and the extractive industries in Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda" is a study of journalism training in Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda. A team of six students from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, working with IPD Journalism training director Anya Schiffrin surveyed media coverage of the extractive sector and interviewed African journalists who had training in business and economic reporting.

The journalists surveyed said that journalism training had improved their coverage but the report concluded that there are other challenges in the African media landscape which are not addressed by training. These include low salaries, lack of resources, pressure from government and advertisers and the lack of freedom of information laws. The report includes recommendations for organizations planning journalism training activities in countries with extractive sectors.

The impact of the training courses on financial and economic reporting offered by InWEnt's International Institute for Journalism was   studied alongside with the training programmes of the Thomson Foundation, BBC World Service Trust, Cardiff University School of Journalism and the India Institute of Mass Communication's Development Journalism Programme. As mentioned in the summery of the report, the journalists interviewed highly praised the format and teaching methods of the IIJ programme. They emphasized the value of having experienced practitioners teach at the trainings and the networking opportunities that the trainings provided, allowing participants to connect with journalists and policymakers from around the world. "The IIJ seeks out the strongest journalists at the trainings and mentors them, which significantly sets it apart from other training organizations, and has made him a top business journalist", said one of the journalists interviewed.

The study can be downloaded at http://www.journalismtraining.net/

Best regards,

Astrid Kohl

Leiterin des Internationalen Instituts für Journalimus (IIJ)
Head of the International Institute for Journalism (IIJ)
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