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Broadcast Journalism: (Dis)covering diversity

Start Date: January 30 2012; End Date :April 20 2012

Duration: 12 weeks
Media: Radio/Internet and Television/Internet
Type of Diploma: Certificate RNTC
Application deadline: 15 April, 2011
Deadline fellowship (NFP) applications: online between 1 February and 1 May, 2011 (on paper 1 April, 2011)
Deadline non fellowship applicants: 15 November, 2011

Course aim:
To strengthen the capacity of broadcast journalists and of the organisations they work for to research and report for broadcast and new media in an effective and ethical way on issues to do with diversity.

Who can apply:

General requirements:

  1. you come from a developing country or a country in transition
  2. you are working for a media organisation or an organisation working with the media
  3. you have a minimum of three years working experience in the media
  4. your employer supports your participation in the training
  5. you have followed secondary education, and professional education or training in media
  6. you are used to work with computers
  7. your speaking and writing skills in English (the course language) are sufficient

There are no restrictions on the age of the applicants or on the maximum number of participants from one given organisation or country.

Specific requirements: The course is designed for mid-career broadcast journalists, with at least three years experience in the field of broadcast news and current affairs.

Content of the course:
Media have a fundamental role to play in ensuring an active and vibrant involvement of citizens in the development of their societies. They give people the information they need in order to identify issues that affect them, and make informed decisions to improve their lives. And they encourage their participation by providing a platform for dialogue, discussion and debate, where voices are heard, ideas exchanged and opinions formed.

Journalists have a duty in a functioning civil society to ensure that, in all corners of that society, the views of people on issues that concern or affect them are heard. To do this effectively they must reflect the diversity of people, cultures, beliefs, interests and opinions within their societies.

In practice, however, much journalism focuses on providing news and information from external and official/governmental sources. Furthermore, the thoughts and opinions that are regularly reflected in journalistic coverage and programming tend to be those of people and groups who already have power and influence in society – people whose interests are already in general well represented through the existing political, economic and social power structures.

As a result marginalized and disadvantaged groups frequently see themselves being either misrepresented or excluded from the prevailing narratives of their societies. Their thoughts and opinions tend to be neglected or sought only in relation to stories that see them in conflict with the interests, wishes, or opinions of the majority or of dominant groups – be they gender-based, cultural, ethnic, religious, commercial.

Broadcast journalists are often guilty themselves of compounding the problem by repeating assumptions and pedalling bias and stereotypes. The challenge they face is to be more critical of existing patterns of coverage and to discover and report on diversity in all its rich complexity.

An effective functioning civil society is about more than just the right to vote and equality before the law. It is also about full and equal participation of all groups in society and about understanding and respect for each other’s qualities and differences.

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Registration Information

1) Check that you are eligible under the course selection criteria and that the course is still open for applications

2) Download the RNTC application form , fill it in and send it to RNTC by post, by fax or by email. We will send you confirmation that we have received it.

  • Postal address: RNTC Course Secretariat, P.O. Box 303, 1200 AH Hilversum, The Netherlands
  • Fax: + 31 35 6724531
  • Email: applications@rntc.nl

Please note: if you send your application by email you will need to scan the parts of the application which require your and your employer’s signatures; you will also need to scan the relevant diploma’s/qualifications and send them as attachments.

4) Optional: Applying for a fellowship: To cover the costs of participation, you have three options:

a) You or your organisation cover the costs. Upon request, detailed information about the costs involved of the course of your choice will be provided (info@rntc.nl )

b) You’ll find a sponsor or a grant to participate (for more information, visit: www.grantfinder.nl )

c) You’ll apply for a Fellowship under the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)For more information on option 3, check out RNTC’s website

Contact

RNTC Course Secretaries
RNTC
P.O. Box 303
1200 AH Hilversum
Netherlands
Tel: +31 35 67 24 502
Fax: +31 35 67 24 532