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Poynter and EJC to Begin Implementation of Journalism E-Learning Project in Indonesia in 2013

12 December 2012 | PROJECT NEWS


The Poynter Institute and the EJC will begin implementation of a multi-year journalism capacity building e-learning project in Indonesia in 2013. The EJC’s country team management was recently in Jakarta to map out methodology, content, and journalistic topical elements of the first pilot with local partners Radio KBR68H and media training centre PPMN.

The two year programme will target regional correspondents and stringers that are part of the KBR68H network of affiliates, which are spread across the Indonesian archipelago of over 17,000 islands. In such a geographical reality, e-learning can prove to be a cost-effective and efficient mechanism for continued education and training of working journalists even in some of the most remote islands where broadband penetrations are often low or non-existent. 

A blended learning approach (distance mixed with an occasional face-to-face session with trainers) will focus on basic journalistic skills-building and ethics combined with story outputs on local and community reporting topics such as development/environmental issues and natural disasters. Individual modules on these themes will provide the core of the multi-week courses developed jointly between the Poynter Institute, the EJC and local partners. Development of the pilot will soon be underway and is set to be rolled out in Spring 2013.

The project is funded through the MFSII instrument of the Dutch Foreign Ministry in the Hague. It is part of a much broader global five year project entitled Press Freedom 2.0 that includes other Dutch media partners, such as World Press Photo and Mensen met een Missie, working in 11 countries on five continents.

Indonesia: E-Learning for Regional Journalists
The two-year programme is geared towards providing e-training services to media professionals spread across Indonesia’s vast archipelago. Focusing on skills building and addressing ethical issues specific to the country’s particular political environment, the EJC aspires to enhance community-level reporting on topics such as development and ecology.

MFSII - Press Freedom 2.0
A five-year, international media development initiative, Press Freedom 2.0 aims to support democratic development by empowering civil society, citizens, and local media organisations through the implementation of local media projects. Conducted by a Dutch consortium, the Press Freedom initiative offers a range of trainings and activities specifically tailored to the needs of 11 selected countries.