Friday, 11 Oct 2013

Call for applications: Online and Multimedia Journalism course


Internews Kenya is calling for  applications for  the online and multimedia journalism training course scheduled for November 18-22 2013 at Internews Kenya, I&M Building, 12th floor, Nairobi.

The multimedia and online journalism course is aimed at enhancing the professional skills and explore ethical issues around online journalism.

Course Content

A wide range of topics including but not limited to: writing for online audience, professional use of hyperlinks, social media for journalists, online search skills, introduction to  multimedia story telling formats, audio and video editing, introduction to data journalism, blogging (starting, maintaining and monetizing blogs and websites), SEO optimization, and legal safety for online journalists shall be discussed.

The course shall be 90 per cent hands-on. Participants will be required to participate full time.


Upon completion of the full programme and assignments participants will be granted a Certificate of Attendance.


The transition to digital journalism is in full progress. Media houses are transforming their news operations and reviewing all aspects from business models to storytelling formats. The emerging multimedia newsrooms, the new possibilities of mobile reporting and reporting for mobile devices and tablets, as well as the review of what is news and who provides it in the digital world challenge journalists‘ professional skills, editorial standards and management.

Capacity building is therefore essential for quality journalism in the digital age. Multimedia and online journalism can  enhance journalists‘ work and media houses‘ potential.

With the expansion of the internet there has also been an increase in attempts to control, filter, monitor and censor online communication. In addition, the rapid pace of 24/7 online reporting raises the risk that research, accuracy and thoroughness may be neglected or compromised.

All applicants should provide the following:

1)Motivation letter (max. 1 typed page) answering the two questions:

a) What are your reasons to apply for this special course?

b) What kind of benefit do you expect from the training for you and for your media house?

2) A detailed curriculum vitae.

3) A letter  of reference one of which must be from your present employer/ supervisor indicating that you deserve the course and you shall be granted chance to attend the course if selected.

4) 3 articles or stories recently published.


Who should apply?

The workshop is open to Print, Radio, Online and TV journalists interested in broadening their understanding of the growing field of  digital journalism and retooling their storytelling skills.

The one-week long workshop, which will commence on November 18 2013, is designed to equip journalists with new skill sets to produce online and multimedia stories on health  issues.

Preferred candidates should have at least three years’ experience working for or contributing to mainstream media in Kenya. They should be enthusiastic about online nad multimedia journalism and should be able to demonstrate a deep interest in health and social development journalism.

Candidates will be selected largely on the basis of previous work and the applicant‘s demonstrated commitment to health and multimedia/online journalism..

How to apply

To be considered, send the following items to  James Ratemo, the Online and Multimedia Journalism Trainer, Internews Kenya,  PO Box 7219 – 00200 Nairobi, Kenya, via email to ([email protected]) or hand-delivered to Internews  Kenya offices on the 13th floor of I&M Building on Kenyatta Avenue:

A cover letter describing your reasons for applying, qualifications and career goals.

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A personal statement detailing your experiences, why you qualify for the training and what you aim to accomplish if you are awarded the opportunity.
  • At least three samples of stories, preferably health related published or broadcast.
  • A letter of support  from a senior editor familiar with your work.
  • Freelance journalists should send a letter of support from an editor or producer familiar with their recent work

The deadline for application is 12:00 p.m., November 2, 2013.

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