PANOS CARIBBEAN, IN ASSOCIATION WITH COMMONWEATLH OF LEARNING (COL), IS OFFERING A JOURNALIST FELLOWSHIP.
Duration of Fellowship: The Journalist Fellowship Programme will run from 02 January 2015 to 30 April 2015
Deadline for Application: 15 December 2014
Who can Apply: Staff and freelance journalists, including editors and columnists, as well as journalism students from across the Caribbean
Aim: The Journalist Fellowship Programme is intended to:
Clarify Learning for Development (L4D), Communication for Development (C4D) and Open and Distance Learning (ODL) concepts for journalists.
Identify the links between L4D, ODL and key social issues affecting the Caribbean population and contribute to popularising the concepts in the public sphere.
Promote ODL among Caribbean journalists.
Requirements: To apply, journalists should submit a letter of interest, a copy of their résumé and one sample of their work produced in the last three months.>
Background: The Journalist Fellowship programme is the brainchild of Panos Caribbean and the Commonwealth of Learning, and has two components.
The first component is a four-week online training and mentoring course, which is to run from February 2015 to March 2015.
The training programme will look at Learning for Development (L4D), with a focus on areas, including schooling; youth issues; parenting; gender-based violence; climate change; sustainable livelihoods; and community health. At the end of the course, journalists will be provided with a certificate of participation.
L4D is learning that enables individuals and communities to make better choices, for example, concerning livelihoods and health, and realise tangible development results, such as skills, employment, health, well-being, quality of life, etc., for themselves, their families, communities, and nations.
The second component of the Journalist Fellowship is the production of a set of print and electronic stories that reflect the material covered in the course for which journalists will be paid, upon completion of the work.
Panos Caribbean is a regional information organisation established in 1986. Panos believes that information which is independent, accurate and timely is a key resource for development. Information needs to be locally generated in order to enable countries and communities to shape and communicate their own development agendas through informed public debate.
The mission of Panos Caribbean is to promote sustainable development in the Wider Caribbean Region through empowering all sectors of society to articulate their own information and perspectives on development issues and broadcast them across language and political borders.
In particular, Panos aims to amplify, through the media, the voices of poor and marginalised people who are affected by key development issues, including climate change, HIV/AIDS, etc. This encourages their full participation in shaping the development of their societies.
READ MORE at panoscaribbean.org.
COMMONWEALTH OF LEARNING
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training.
COL focuses on learning that is technology-mediated and/or technology enhanced. From online learning at the tertiary level to mobile- and radio-based learning about positive health, agricultural, and environmental practices at the community level, these methods and disciplines are grouped together under the umbrella of open and distance learning (ODL).
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of more than 50 independent sovereign states, which provide support to each other, and work together toward international goals. The Commonwealth
is described as a "family" of nations, originally linked together in the British Empire, and now building on their common heritage in language, culture and education, which enables them to work together in an atmosphere of greater trust and understanding than generally prevails among nations.
Bringing together some 1.7 billion people of many faiths, races, languages, traditions and levels of economic development, the Commonwealth represents almost one-third of the world's population.
READ MORE at col.org.