Posts Tagged ‘ICFJ’

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#FOEDA in Alexandria

February 12, 2010

Forty journalists from around the world will be meeting in Alexandria, Egypt on February 15-17 to discuss and blog about the state of media, freedom of expression, religion issues and ways to cover sensitive information. All this  in the framework of a three day conference : Reporting Across Cultures: Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age organized by International Center for Journalism and United Nations Civilization Foundation.  This is the next step of the ICFJ Course this blog was initially started for.  More information can be found here and on twitter by searching  #FOEDA.

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ICFJ Course: View in Retrospect

January 20, 2010

Realized Improvements

During the ICFJ 5 week course in Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age I have had a chance to share impressions about digital media with practicing journalist from around the world.

I have most benefited from the diversity of backgrounds and opinions of the participants –  It was fascinating to see how journalists who have had 15-20 years of experience, certain habits and some skepticism  about the idea of social media and other digital gadgets of the time to find Twitter, Facebook useful and attractive.  That change of opinion speaks about the flexibility of the leading minds in the industry and openness to learn more despite established habits and views.

Digitally Versed – As a result of the course I am a better researcher, writer and have developed an eye for responsible and irresponsible blogs.

Informed – I have found invaluable sources of information now listed in my blogroll. Some of them are journalists I met in the course.  Despite my resent graduate studies in journalism I have had very few encounters with journalists who care about their craft and are blogging about journalistic ethics in digital age, its impact and importance.

Mastered a New Platform – I have been familiar with the writing techniques for online and print media. However, practicing on a weekly bases has certainly produced better organization and  proofreading  practice.

I am glad I forced myself to use WordPress blogging platform for this course as I was not very proficient with this particular platform. I have previously used Blogger and has always wanted to try out other similar bases.

I have built confidence in  embedding maps, video and audio files, starting polls and simply exploring the seemingly endless possibilities of this platform.

Arab World – Perspectives of my Arab counterparts on the current state and use of digital and social media reinforced the importance of journalistic practice and highlighted some of the culturally important yet often overlooked aspects. Had I not participated in this course I would have hardly have a chance to listen to their part of the story. I hope to stay connected. I also hope to have a better understanding of how journalists work and use digital media in that part of the world going forward.

Unanswered Questions – I still see my question about the effective ways of using blogs by news organizations remain unanswered and that is yet another benefit of this course as it builds my list of resolutions for this year:

2010 Journalistic Resolutions

– continue exploring digital media opportunities

– find new outlets to practice digital journalism and be more entrepreneurial

– find new thought leaders to follow and engage into conversation

– master various bloggign platforms

– become truly an expert in what I do despite still existing skepticism and various boundaries

– continue sharing experiences it the industry

– maintain belief in socially responsible journalism and continue practicing it

-be active and engaged

– contribute more on BreakingTweets.com

Journalism on the Brink: Can Digital Save It?

In this video The University of Washington’s Journalism program, in collaboration with the Online News Association, presented a free, public event (March 2009): ‘Journalism on the Brink? Can Digital Save It?’