Training professors for Masters programmes in the Andean region with emphasis on strategic use and social appropriation of ICTs
In the Latin American region, an urgent need has been identified to provide training for professors in key areas of journalism, proposing four subjects from the UNESCO Model Curriculum: Foundations of journalism, Multimedia journalism, Media legislation and Journalism ethics. These subjects will be taught both on-campus and virtually through the FELAFACS website, allowing professors to become familiar with ICTs, using digital platforms to upload documents, interacting and promoting contents on social networks, in order to then take advantage of this experience to replicate within their curricula. A recent mapping of teaching communication in Latin America and the Caribbean, conducted by the Latin American Federation of Schools of Social Communication (FELAFACS), together with UNESCO support, revealed that journalism training in the region is generally part of degree programmes in communication, which cover areas such as marketing, image or public relations, with little attention to specific professional journalism subjects.
This project will therefore address the issue by training professors in essential areas of journalism, so they can replicate the four selected modules of the Model Curriculum in their own countries. In this line, the project will ensure the equal participation of women and men, both in terms of participants and trainers. There is an urgent need to strengthen the professional and academic profile, to give new generations of students more updated knowledge, suited to the profession’s foundations. The project will build a venue for training, building knowledge and exchanging ideas for outstanding scholars, professors or researchers who are currently striving for quality education for journalists as a means of change and social transformation, through strategic use and societal appropriation of ICTs. Finally, the project will also seek to create a base of recommendations to enable these subjects to be applied by more universities in the Andean Region.