Monday, February 27, 2006

PPB0105 -Introduction to ICT Journalism Course

International Institute for ICT Journalism – Penplusbytes:Website :
PPB0105 -Introduction to ICT Journalism Course
Three months (20th March to 20 May 2006)
Class Meeting: Participants are expected to meet online via group discussion weekly, it is expected that a participants must devote at least five hours per week online.
In addition to being an essential means of information dissemination about Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), with the proper training and inclination, journalists can become very conversant with ICTs tools and used them to produce stories that would be virtually impossible to do otherwise. Experts predict that by the year 2020, 12 billion devices will be connected to the global information infrastructure, including ubiquitous items such a fridges, microwave, light bulbs and washing machine. It is very important point out that ICTs tools are becoming more affordable and accessible. For example due to the low cost of communication and its accessibility one person can reach an audience of millions across the global. There are a lot of success stories of how ICTs are become important tool for the media, prompting greater training demand for media in order that they can use this innovative tool to do their work effectively and efficiently. In order to meet this growing demand the International Institute for Information and Communication Technologies – Penplusbytes presents a three months (20th March to 20 May 2006) online training opportunity for journalists in the area of ICT Journalism.
Course Description and Goals: This course teaches the theory and concept of ICTs journalism and how to use ICTs tools how to generate and publish news content.
At the end of the course, the participants will learn four main set of skills
• You will learn and understand broad spectrum of ICTs tools available for journalism
• You will learn how to research and publish content online
• You will learn that despite that the proliferation of technology for journalism the fundamental principles of journalism still apply.
• You will learn how to generate more ICTs stories
Participants will be exposed to the wider context of ICTs assisted journalism including its history, how these technologies are impacting on the world of journalism, how ICT has been used in producing stories and how to manage change process in using innovative ICT tools.
Prerequisites: This course does not have any special prerequisites though participants will need to have basic computer skills such sending and receiving mails, managing files and browsing the Internet. The course assumes participants are practicing journalists who have mastered journalism skills.

1. Introduction to ICT Journalism – concept, theory and definition
2. History of ICT Journalism
3. Introduction to ICT tools for Journalism – wikis, blogs, website, chat, fourm, email, content management system, newsroom management and publishing platforms
4. The role of information and knowledge management in the newsroom
5. Reporting ICT Stories
6. Online Research
7. Business Models of Online Journalism
8. Future of ICT Journalism

Participants will be provided with regular resources during the duration of the course, these resources will available mostly online or via CD ROM.

Grading: Participants are expected to undertake weekly assignment, participate in online discussion and published final project work on penplusbyte website.
Final grades:
• 20% on weekly assignments
• 20% on class participation
• 40% on project work
• 20% on multiple tests


All participants who fully participated in the course would be awarded a certificate.

To apply fill out attached form and write out one page only statement on how this seminar will help you in meeting your journalistic and leadership goals to
Download Application form at
Closing date for receipt of application and statement is 15th March 2006.

Poynter Leadership for Online News Managers

Poynter Leadership for Online News Managers
Date Starts: 5/16/2006
Date Ends: 5/19/2006
Deadline: 3/15/2006
Tuition: $595.00 (includes hotel)
Who will benefit: Leaders in online news operations working with print or broadcast newsrooms or Web-only.
Seminar Description:
You will learn:
• About industry and advertising trends; technology, paid content and registration issues
• To examine your management style and prioritize your efforts
• About new ways to conceive and implement successful online projects

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Google unveils webpage creator

Google unveils webpage creator

Google launched on Thursday a service that lets people create their own webpages hosted by the internet giant. Google Page Creator, which is in beta, has sample layouts and lets people type in content, upload images and publish their pages, without knowing HTML. People can create multiple linked pages and are allowed 100MB of storage on the service.

The free service requires a Gmail account and supports either internet Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 1.0, or higher. With Page Creator, the company has drawn a distinction between websites and webpages, saying that a page is a 'single document with its own web address,' whereas a site is a 'collection of pages with a common subdomain,' or the ''portion of the URL. 'During this initial testing period,' Google said, people can create only pages, not sites.

Google already owns Blogger, a company that enables people to create blogs. The company also recently launched a service offering hosted e-mail accounts with an individual's chosen domain, instead of Gmail.

- CNet News

Monday, February 13, 2006

Gordon Fisher Fellowship at University of Toronto

Gordon Fisher Fellowship


Only journalists who are fully employed by a newspaper in membership of the CPU are eligible to apply.

The Fellowship, funded by the Alva Foundation and administered by the CPU, is awarded to one Commonwealth newspaper journalist each year, enabling the winner to spend a year at the University of Toronto doing postgraduate study in a field of his or her choosing.

The program runs in tandem with the Southam Fellowship programme which, since 1962, has been awarded annually by Southam Inc. to three or more Canadian journalists, and is also tenable for one academic year at the University of Toronto.

Particular consideration is given to newspaper people from New Commonwealth or developing countries. Successful candidates are chosen for professional competence and future - potential as effective and responsible

newspaper leaders. Successful applicants are able to choose from a wide range of university courses and activities and are free to audit any graduate or undergraduate course and to use the full facilities of the University of Toronto. There are no educational prerequisites for the Fisher Fellowship, nor do Fellows receive credits or degrees for work done during the school year.

To obtain the maximum benefit from the program, the Fisher Fellow will agree to refrain from professional work, including writing and broadcasting, during the period of the Fellowship. Those selected are appointed Fellows-at-Large at the University of Toronto, with all the privileges of a Senior Resident of Massey.

The Fisher Fellowship programme combines general education with concentration in at least two courses; one academic course must be taken in full and all assignments completed. In a parallel, extra-curricular program, the Fisher Fellow meets regularly with Southam Fellows in informal seminars to discuss contemporary issues with eminent personalities from a wide variety of professions.

The Fisher Fellowship will underwrite for the eight-month university year: the Fellow's regular pro-rated gross annual salary, all university fees, travel expenses up to the cost of economy air fare to and from Toronto and provide living accommodation and meals. Unfortunately, there is no provision for including family members in this program.


Thursday, February 09, 2006

Free Article Database

Free Article Database
By Jonathan Dube (
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Journalists now have a plethora of online research options, from free search engines like Google to high-end article databases like LexisNexis.
HighBeam Research Inc., runs an online research engine for individuals that aims to fill the gap between the free and high-end services. The site offers access to its database of more than 35 million articles from more than 3,000 publications for $99.95 a year.

Now HighBeam is offering a subset of that content for free.Anyone searching ( can access the full text of more than 1.5 million articles from more than 200 sources for free, even people who haven't registered on the site.After you do a search on the site now, you'll get a list of results that include free and premium articles. If you're not interested in paying, you can click on a link in the left column, under "Modify Results," to display only the free articles.
HighBeam also plans on adding free access to "The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English" and "The Oxford Pocket Thesaurus of Current English"through the HighBeam Reference area of the research engine sometime soon.

Related column: Free LexisNexis (

Monday, February 06, 2006

An Analysis of Online, Print Newspapers in Europe

When evaluating the state of online journalism, there is usually lots of opinion and personal views but little data to base an analysis upon. Now, professional criteria can be found in the case of European newspapers with publication of the book Print and online newspapers in Europe. A comparative analysis in 16 countries This study has become the most comprehensive work on the online and print press in Europe.

More than 50 scholars contributed to this analysis, which has compared content, format, and editorial models of the main newspapers of Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

In the case of online newspapers, a sample of each was taken at the same date and time, as an industry snapshot of mainstream online journalism today. The book devotes one chapter to each country.

Source :poynter