Ελληνικά / Turkce
The UK-based Thomson Foundation and Action for Cooperation and Trust (ACT) have launched a multi-part, comprehensive training initiative to help boost the skills and knowledge of young Cypriot journalists.
The ‘Young Journalists European Peer Learning Programme’ will start with the recruitment of six Cypriot journalists to attend an off-island training programme in Belfast during early 2008.
The course will combine theory with practice, and will give the journalists a chance to interact with their European counterparts who will also attend the course.
Later in the programme the six journalists will act as role models, helping young colleagues fine-tune their professional skills. Together with international trainers, a series of on-island seminars will be held throughout 2008.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to experience first hand best practice in modern journalism”, said Steve Hoselitz, the project manager for the Thomson Foundation. “We are delighted to be able to offer this fully-sponsored package.”
Jaco Cilliers, ACT Programme Manager, added: “The on-island training will introduce other young journalists to broader journalistic themes and give them an opportunity to build on their existing skills. It will also create a practical inter-communal working and learning environment for Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot journalists who represent the future.”
The initiative is being sponsored by ACT as a result of consultation with the media in Cyprus who identified that a wide-ranging skills training programme would be really useful for young journalists.
There will also be scope to increase collaboration and information sharing within the island and with other European counterparts. One of the main aims of the initiative is to create an online resource centre for information sharing and access to training materials.
Local coordinator Sylvia Henze is currently briefing Cypriot editors and media directors about the project and is starting the application process. On-island interviews will take place at the end of November for journalists who have been a short-listed for the first training module.
For more information about the selection criteria and application process please contact Sylvia Henze on (+357) 96333953 or via email:firstname.lastname@example.org