Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Online Journalism & Web 2.0 Programme

School of Journalism & New Media Studies

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in collaboration with

Deutsche Welle (DW) AKADEMIE, Germany offers

Online Journalism & Web 2.0 Programme

The training programme aims to equip the learner with the skills in using Internet as a digital medium to communicate effectively with various advanced multimedia packages. The programme will deal with the possibilities of using Internet as medium of dialogue; it will discuss journalistic ethics and professional issues involved in journalistic writing for Internet; it will teach journalistic tools like structure of online articles, writing for Internet, non-linear story-telling and packaging; and will introduce the learner with various additional, interactive and cross media options for web sites.

There will be theoretical as well as intensive practical training sessions. State-of-the-art multimedia lab facilities will be provided and the participants will be expected to produce and manage online content- articles, pictures, audio, video and interactive elements using multimedia packages. The programme will be journalistic in nature and the technical skills will be focused at this aspect only. Some selected participants of this training programme may be considered to participate in a traineeship programme for young media professionals organized by DW in Germany.

Venue: IGNOU Campus, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068

Medium of Instruction: English

Participants: Media practitioners, Faculty members, Graduates preferably in journalism and mass communication who want to excel in online journalism.

Objectives: The aim of the workshop is to enable participants to:

• acquaint themselves with the characteristics and challenges of online journalism;

• identify news and current affairs topics suitable for websites aimed at diverse target


• plan, research and write online articles on various topics.

Contents: The workshop will focus on:

• journalistic ethics (role and responsibility of the online journalist);

• journalistic skills (how to write better headlines, teasers, articles);

structuring online articles through graphic elements; (how to incorporate links,

interactive formats etc);

• non-linear story telling;

• compiling article-dossiers for the internet;

• Web 2.0 (Blogs, Podcasts, user-generated content etc).

Training Methods: Lectures, discussions, visualization, practical exercises, interactive sessions and group work.

Fee Structure:

For residential candidates, there will be arrangements of boarding and lodging in IGNOU campus and total fee will be Rs.25,000/. For non-residential candidates the fee will be 18,000/- which includes cost of study material, working lunch and inter-sessional tea etc. during the programme.


One Month : 23rd March to 17th April 2009.

Last date of receiving duly filled application forms: March 10, 2009.

How to Apply?

Further details and application form can be obtained from the Assistant Registrar, SOJNMS, Room No 8, Block-1, IGNOU Campus, Maidangarhi, New Delhi-110068. The form can be downloaded from IGNOU's website or obtained by email from


Participants who successfully complete the programme will be issued a joint certificate by IGNOU-DW.

Selection Criteria

· The number of participants is limited to 25.

· Assessment of the applications will be based on the information provided in the completed application form.


Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has entered into a long term collaboration with Deutsche Welle Akademie, Germanyfor the conduct of various training programmes addressing the needs of the industry requiring highly specialized skills. The month-long programme on Online Journalism & Web 2.0 is the first programme to be conducted as part of this collaboration. Two more such programmes - Training of Trainers and Media Management will be conducted shortly by internationally renowned trainers from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

The DW Akademie is one of the premier institutions of media education and training in Europe. The roots of Deutsche Welle's international training activities go back to over 40 years. DW also offers a foreign language traineeship in Germany for young journalists and has an excellent reputation with the domestic media.For further information on DW access:

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