IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

The Faculty of Communication and Information within the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Journalism and Media Studies (JMS). It aims to provide the optimum balance between theoretical and practical aspects of journalism. Its good intentions are hindered however by a lack of adequate facilities and skilled trainers, presenting serious problems when attempting to align its curriculum with international standards such as UNESCO's Model Curricula in Journalism Education. The economic hardships experienced...

Access to information is of paramount importance in enabling economic, political and social development of Central Asian countries in their fight against corruption. In recent years, developments have been made in this area, with the passing of laws on Access to Information in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan occurring in 2006 and 2008 respectively, and discussions for a law on Access to Public Information in Kazakhstan being initiated in 2010. In spite of this progress however, Central Asian mass media continue to encounter problems in accessing information, with the 'Adil Soz' Foundation...

CESTI is a Dakar University institute whose main role is to train journalists and media practitioners and to conduct fundamental and applied research in Information Sciences and Technologies. It caters not only to students from Senegal, but also to students from around twelve African countries. CESTI currently offers a Master's Programme which needs to incorporate major development issues in a more effective and professional manner. This challenge involves training journalists and media technicians who possess the skills to navigate effectively around the media world and are capable of...

The Paris Declaration on Broadcast Media and Climate Change adopted by UNESCO in 2009, recognizes that broadcast media play a critical role in stimulating policy debate and in mobilizing knowledge to empower societies' decision-making on issues relating to climate change. In order to maximize this role, it is essential that journalists are provided with the means and knowledge to disseminate accurate information on such matters in a manner which is accessible at a local level. This project aims to address this need by equipping print journalists with the necessary scientific knowledge and...

The Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region continues to rank poorly in terms of political rights, civil liberties and press freedom, with harassment and threats towards journalists and human rights defenders being a routine occurrence. Instead of improving, the situation is worsening with governments clamping down recently on online freedom of speech leaving journalists too afraid of retribution to report honestly and critically. The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) works actively to fight this oppression of freedom of expression by emphasizing organizational capacity-...

Uganda is host to a number of institutions delivering journalism education, including the UNESCO-rated potential centre of excellence at Makerere University's Department of Journalism and Communication. However, whilst many practicing print journalists have attended professional training schools, the majority of radio journalists remain untrained. Furthermore, in spite of the available training opportunities, many journalists and editors continue to practice journalism which is insensitive to acceptable ethical norms and standards. This has led to recurrent breaches of core ethical values...

In recent years there has been an increase in the number of lawsuits filed against media professionals on grounds such as defamation, contempt of court, breach of parliamentary privilege, sedition, and breach of public morals and media ethics. This has exposed an urgent need for journalists to acquire an understanding of the legal environment in which they operate in order to protect themselves against such dangers. The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) is committed to addressing the issue of legal awareness among journalists in order to maintain plurality of...

Over 80% of Egyptian journalists work in the capital city of Cairo. The remaining 20% are local correspondents, lacking in professional training and opportunities for professional exchange, as well as access to new knowledge on technological advances in multimedia. Due to this need for improvement in the standard of Egypt's local press, the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate (EJS) called on 2011 to be the year of empowering the local correspondent. Enhancing the capacity of local media can have a positive impact on local communities by reflecting their diversity and highlighting important...

The Department of Mass Communication at the University of Lagos has been identified by UNESCO as a potential Centre of Excellence in Journalism Education. It will implement this project in cooperation with two of UNESCO's potential Centres of Reference in Nigeria, namely the Department of Mass Communication at Lagos State Polytechnic, and the Department of Language and Communication Arts at the University of Ibadan. Within this project, the three institutions will work together to harmonize their course content based on the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education. These three...

In 2004, the National University of Laos launched a Bachelor's degree course in Mass Media. Although this was undoubtedly a positive development, the quality of the teaching was hindered by the fact that staff tended to be from a background in Lao Language Literature, with very limited knowledge in the field of journalism. The university has therefore made capacity building of its staff a priority in an effort to raise the standard of education being delivered. This project will build on the work which has already been initiated in this field with UNESCO's support, in order to offer...

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