2013 OSISA Journalism Summer School for Southern Africans.

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa

 Deadline:  Sep 11th, 2013

Open Society Initiative for Southern African (OSISA) and the Department of Media Technology at the Polytechnic of Namibia, invite applications to the second edition of the Journalism Summer School (JSS). This follows a successful launch of the JSS in 2012.

The OSISA Journalism Summer School was created in response to the multiple challenges confronting journalism and the media in southern Africa today – with the overall objective of improving and strengthening journalism so that it enhances democracy in the region. Targeted at mid-career journalists and media managers in the region, the annual three-week JSS will offer cutting edge courses on a range of topics from ethics to investigative reporting to gender in the newsroom.

The Summer School will be held at the Polytechnic of Namibia from 4th – 15th November 2013. It will bring together 25 mid-career journalists from across southern Africa for a period of two weeks and will include six modules covering investigative reporting, online journalism, media management, journalism ethics, gender in the news, and gender in the newsroom.
OSISA and the Polytechnic of Namibia are calling for applications from mid-career journalists from the following SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Here is what some of the participants from the 2012 class had to say:
  • This has been a fantastic inaugural summer school. It was intensive, yet engaging!
  • The workshop was very useful in terms of opening us participants to new knowledge and possibilities in the media industry.
  • I want to come back next year!
  • Overall had a great time of reflection and learning. I would not mind to participate in future courses.
Background
The Journalism Summer School seeks to achieve the twin objectives of:
  • preparing journalists with a minimum of five years’ experience (and not more than ten) for career movement within the newsroom and;
  • providing a platform for journalists to reflect on their years of practice/experience in the newsroom.
Selection Criteria
  • Competency in the English language;
  • A senior reporter with a minimum of five years’ journalism experience but not more than ten years;
  • Submission of a short resume (no more than two pages)
  • Submission of a portfolio of two stories published over the past twelve months.
  • A letter of commitment from the Editor or Publisher; and
  • Commitment to attending the full two-week course.
Selection Process
  • A Selection Committee will be set up by OSISA and the Polytechnic of Namibia to adjudicate on the applications;
  • The decision of the Selection Committee will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Certification
  • A Certificate of Competence in Advanced Journalism Practice will be conferred on the participants.
Please apply by e-mail or online by 17:00 on Wednesday 11 September 2013.
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