WAN-IFRA has launched a new training program for journalists in India supported by Learn with Facebook Journalism Project. The program is designed to help journalists work in the new circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Conceptualized to be delivered entirely in virtual learning mode, the training program, which comprises webinars and one-to-one virtual coaching, will impart digital storytelling skills.
This six-part virtual learning program will be held from 27 May to 2 July and focus on digital skills development for journalists. It will give participants insights about writing for the digital medium, thinking visually about content, making their stories discoverable, and using tools to increase productivity.
The program schedule is as follows:
- Writing for digital, 26-27 May
- Digital Marketing for journalists, 3-4 June
- Thinking visually about content, 10-11 June
- SEO best practices, 17-18 June
- Build your personal brand on social media, 14-25 June
- Productivity tools for project management, 1-2 July
“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the news media industry like never before. And the role of news publishers as the authentic source of news has become more important than ever. During these times, it is imperative that the journalists upskill and equip themselves to address the information needs of the society,” said Magdoom Mohamed, managing director of WAN-IFRA South Asia. “We are happy to partner with the Facebook Journalism Project to address this skill gap and to play a part in helping the industry face the new challenge.”
Each module will be taught by leading industry experts and veterans, including Prem Panicker, Alok Agarwal, Veda Shastri, and Sunil Prabhakar. “Journalists are working under challenging conditions to keep people informed during the Covid-19 pandemic. For many, these tough times also call for new skills to be learned. Through this initiative, with WAN-IFRA, we are reiterating our commitment to supporting the news industry and journalism,” said Harsha Subramaniam, head of news partnerships, India, Facebook.
Participants will also get additional one-to-one coaching sessions to apply the learning in the class to real life.