Penplusbytes is launching its specially designed Experiential Training in Creative Writing & Digital Journalism for Senior High School (SHS) graduates at the New Media Hub in Accra.
The training (www.penplusbytes.org/events) scheduled to take place over 4 Saturdays, will be held on June 18, June 25, July 2 and July 9, 2016 and will take participants through an intensive experiential, hands-on course aimed at intriguing young people about the craft of journalism and introducing high school leavers to creative writing skills. There is a converging point between technology and journalism and Digital Journalism represents one of such points on which the future of news making and dissemination rests.
The Executive Director of Penplusbytes, Kwami Ahiabenu, II has said that “this programme is an avenue for job creation in response to the growing demand of digital news organizations for multimedia journalists, interactive producers and data journalists who can produce what the consumer in this digital age is looking for; for news-on-the-go”.
“Further parents and guardians, looking to help their wards develop real life skills in the time between leaving secondary school and enrolling in University have few options and this is why we at Penplusbytes have stepped in with a project that helps achieve the objective of these parents” he said.
The training will cover areas such as multimedia reporting, visual storytelling, data journalism and coding for junior journalists.
These programmes integrate collaborative work and discussion sessions with an opportunity for participants to undertake project activities which includes visits to selected media houses. They also stand to earn placements of up to 3 months industrial attachments at selected media organisations which will help harness and nurture the inherent talents in students who have just graduated from SHS as a way to reducing youth unemployment.
Admission is on first come first served basis and interested applicants can register for this course by completing an online form via http://ow.ly/P8ls300YkL9.
Penplusbytes is a not-for-profit organization driving change through innovations in three key areas: using new digital technologies to enable good governance and accountability, new media and innovations, and driving oversight for effective utilisation of mining, oil and gas revenue and resources.