Affordable journalist training through new partnership

A partnership between the Professional Journalists' Association (ProJourn) and the Institute for Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) will make affordable training available for local working journalists.

Paid up ProJourn members, who can prove their membership, will be entitled to 40% discount on the cost of courses offered by the IAJ from 1 November onwards.

Keeping skills up to date

ProJourn general secretary, Samantha Perry, says that there is a need for local media professionals to be able to access training in order to keep their skills up-to-date, particularly in a fast-changing sector. This need is compounded by the lack of training being undertaken in many newsrooms, she states.

"The association is thus stepping in to help its membership improve their skills and to remain relevant in newsrooms that are rapidly transitioning to more digital environments."

Moreover, there is a perfect alignment in the two organisations' mandates. IAJ wants to improve journalistic ethics and standards through training and ProJourn is concerned with the upskilling of journalists, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Michael Schmidt, director of the IAJ says, "We are happy to support ProJourn in providing much-needed skills to its members with our leading-edge training programmes and top internationally-trained facilitators."

Upcoming courses:

  • Nov 5, 6: Reporting beyond the "He said, she said" of elections
  • Nov 13-15: Angles of attack: building killer stories
  • Nov 14, 15: Reporting on Smart phone and Tablet
  • Nov 18, 19: Art of the Interview
  • Nov 25-27: Advanced Subediting
  • Dec 3-5: Strategic thinking for newsroom leaders