Training Department

The Institute has training department that services the following sectors:

The Writing conducts training in written editorial content across the following platforms: newspapers, magazines, online, and mobile. The Unit offers core-level short course skills training like story-conceptualisation & sourcing, news writing, media law & ethics, social media for journalists, layout and design for journalists and subeditors, photojournalism and proofreading & line-subbing. More advanced workshops include Investigative Journalism, conflict-sensitive reporting, Navigating the Courts, business & finance writing, Strategic Newsroom Leadership, as well as an MICT-SETA learnership on Repurposing Print Content for Online & Mobile. We also train on visual print elements such as infographics, layout subbing & design, and editorial cartooning. The Writing Unit also draws on top journalism expertise to offer consulting services and tailor solutions around client needs, including training onsite and at the IAJ offices.  The Unit also offers Mentorships for newsroom leaders in the newsroom.
The Audiovisual conducts training in editorial content across the following platforms: radio, television, online, and mobile. The Unit offers core-level short course skills training like basic television presenting, on-air voice training, studio and on-camera interviews, and news storytelling for community television.  Advanced-level workshops include human rights programme production, advanced video journalism, copyright for television archivists, as well as MICT-SETA learnerships on Radio Station Management, Radio Programme Production, and Community Radio Corporate Governance. We also train on written broadcasting elements such as radio and television script-writing.
The Communications trains NGO', corporate and government communicators to work effectively with the media, as well as promote their organisations' profiles. The Unit offers core-level Short Course skills training like Dealing with the Media the units flagship course, writing and subediting for communicators, and Dealing with radio and television interviews. More advanced workshops include Monitoring your Media Profile, Developing a Media Strategy, Writing for communicators in online and offline environments, company newsletter design & management, Creative Writing & Editing for Corporate Publications, crisis communication, campaign management, and strategic thinking for communicators. The Unit also offers training on the visual elements of communications such as Photojournalism for Communicators, Layout and Design for Communicators. We differentiate our curricula depending on whether the client is a non-profit, a corporate, or a governmental agency, and we facilitate courses either in-house or at the IAJ training venue. The Communications Unit also draws on top journalism expertise to offer consulting services and tailor solutions around client needs.
The Regional & International runs IAJ programmes outside South Africa, across the African continent. Long Courses, including Residencies and Fellowships, for which students are hand-picked, typically fall under the Unit. These programmes are run for domestic and international developmental agencies, multinational bodies, and media clients. We run the logistics, curriculum development, training-of-trainers, and course facilitation of projects tailored for clients. The Unit specialises in Residencies in South Africa on African issues, two Fellowships, one for the best human rights reporting, and a second for freelance photographers.