The Intajour International Academy of Journalism (Germany) Fellowship 2013/2014.

Application Deadline:  May 3, 2013 (12 noon CEST).

The Intajour Fellowship Program consists of a ten-month-long course called ‘Journalism in the Digital World’ which is comprised of attendance phases as well as e-learning phases. The next fellowship year starts on August 31, 2013. It is a challenging, high-profile program.

Journalism in the Digital World -The Fellowship Program

If journalism means collecting, evaluating and publishing information, then this definition also applies i n t h e d i g i-tal world. Only the conditions under which reporters and editorial staff pursue this activity are changing. Each technical advance opens up new possibilities for research and publishing. To take advantage of these opportunities journalists must constantly build and update their skills.

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Sometimes the new journalistic opportunities also require new responses to the question of freedom and responsibility in the media. Journalists will have to adapt to this – and repeatedly because of ever-shorter innovation cycles.
Against this background, the International Academy of Journalism (Intajour) is offering the 10-month ‘Journalism in the Digital World’ blended-learning training program.
As Intajour Fellows, journalists from around the world are given an opportunity to update their skills in digital reporting and discuss current media ethics issues.
Intajour strongly believes that freedom of the press requires professionally trained journalists.
The aim is to build a global network of highly skilled journalists who spearhead
press freedom in their home countries and beyond. The program is initiated and funded by Bertelsmann.Werner Eggert, Director of the International Academy of Journalism

The Fellowship Program

In the 10-month ‘Journalism in the Digital World’ Fellowship program, Fellows study the latest developments in the media industry. They update their journalistic skills with a strong emphasis on hands-on training in digital reporting, and discuss ethical issues.
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The Teaching Method
Intajour applies a blended-learning concept consisting of three attendance phases in Germany and two e-learning phases.
All Fellows receive intensive coaching from experienced instructors, and are given the opportunity to network with journalists from Bertelsmann’s media companies.

Skills taught

By participating in the ‘Journalism in the Digital World’ program, Fellows acquire skills in the following fields:

  • Investigative research
  • Journalistic forms of presentation on the internet
  • Technical production of web content
  • Filming and editing webvideos
  • Internet security
  • Journalism and ethics: freedom and responsibility in the media
  • Internet politics

Costs

Fellows receive a stipend from Intajour towards course fees and international travel costs. During the attendance phases the Fellows are accommodated at Intajour’s expense in guesthouses or hotels and receive an adequate meals allowance.

Who can participate?

The ‘Journalism in the Digital World’ program is aimed at professional journalists from countries where press freedom is restricted or where similar training programs are not available. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated their journalistic talent as a member of an editorial team or as a freelancer.

Applicants should be interested in the new technical opportunities for doing research and publishing on the Internet. An understanding of the role of independent media in democratic societies is a given.

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The selection and application process

The application and selection process consists of four steps:

  • First step: Online application form
    To apply, please complete the online application form. If you would like to have a look at the form to familiarize yourself with it, you can download a specimen here as a PDF. The deadline is May 3, 2013. Please note that you must fully complete the application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Second step: References and additional documents
    Intajour reviews the general suitability of the applicant on the basis of the information given and the attached letter of recommendation. Once suitability has been determined, further documents such as work samples and references will be requested for submission by mid May 2013. At the same time, references will be requested from the contact persons provided.
  • Third step: Interview
    Promising candidates will then be invited for an interview to be conducted either by the Director of Intajour or by Intajour partners in the candidate’s country or region.
  • Fourth step: Selection
    The Intajour Journalism Advisory Council and the Intajour Director will make the final selection of Fellows. The selected journalists will receive a written acceptance letter. Once the selected Fellows have accepted the conditions for participation, the travel documents will be sent to them by post.
The Application Procedure
Applications are accepted, online only, between March and early May of each year. Intajour’s Journalistic Advisory Council selects the Fellows for the year ahead.
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