I feel it’s really a privilege to be able to build capacity in the sector, rather than just sit on the sidelines and complain.
There is much to complain about in terms of media content at times. And people seem to love opining and generalising about ‘the media’ (usually citing the worst possible examples as if they are a standard for all).
And while many may decry the ‘juniorisation’ of the newsrooms and newsrooms themselves struggle with the knock-on impacts of our education system. At the IAJ we get to do something about it. Real solutions tailored “just-in-time” to real problems facing journalists.
Of course, this is the mandate of the IAJ and why it was established (it is also unshackled by the administrative bulk of an academic institution) but cognisant of the developmental role the media should play in Africa.
And not stodgy! Working with working journalists and really pushing the boundaries with the courses we organise (and sometimes would like to hold, but you need to sell the concept before you can sell the course).
Sandra Roberts is the Writing Unit Manager of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism.