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.

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