In La Paz, Bolivia 3 September, 23 students received their Masters of Journalism academic diplomas from EJC’s Bolivian partner Fundacion para el Periodismo (FPP). This is the first generation of professionals that have completed the two-year Masters of Journalism degree as part of the country’s only accredited Masters of Journalism programme.
Victor Toro Cardenas, President of FPP, said that the academic curriculum development is the result of a long process of study, analysis, testing and modification with the first steps toward development of the programme beginning back in 2010. The aim was to create a masters degree adapted to the needs of Bolivian society and local media, playing a key role in the implementation of modern journalism in the country based on digital formats and importantly the principles and ethical values of the profession. The Master of Journalism at FPP is an advanced, industry-facing curriculum that combines practice and theory through six modules in which students develops a series of journalistic products after reflection and analysis of current events and news.
From the outset EJC supported the programme; procuring global best-practice expertise and curriculum guidance from Universidad San Andres Clarin in Buenos Aires and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York. The international cooperation is expected to continue with future exchanges of professors, students and curricula anticipated.
The curriculum was officially accredited in 2014 with the Bolivian Ministry of Education in partnership with the University of Our Lady of La Paz. It is the first and only masters level degree programme in Bolivia. EJC’s work in Bolivia is part of a five-year commitment in Bolivia as a member of the Press Freedom 2.0 consortium, which includes the Dutch-based civil society organisations Free Press Unlimited and Mensen met een Missie, and is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.