Use technology to advance your skills, journalists told

Use technology to advance your skills, journalists told

Dr. Nancy Booker, Assistant Professor, GSMC speaks to journalists during the technology and the changing world of journalism event held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) convened Journalists to deliberate on Technology and the Changing World of Journalism on Friday, 25th May 2018 at Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel. The discussion provided fresh insights on the challenges facing journalists in East Africa, the importance of a thriving media; and how technology can be instrumental in the practice of journalism. Stephen Buckley, Director of Professional Development courses, GSMC said, “Journalists used to think of technology as optional. That can’t be the case anymore. If journalists don’t understand, use and experiment with technology, then we’re doing a disservice to ourselves – and the audiences we serve.”

The event also provided the journalists with a glimpse of the first-of-its-kind Master of Arts in Digital Journalism programme, which has brought world-renowned journalists and scholars to teach courses that blend practice, reflection and theory. The students in the 24-month program will be immersed in the world of digital production, and will build expertise in multiplatform storytelling, specialist reporting and editorial leadership.

Dr. Nancy Booker, Assistant Professor, GSMC said, “The Master of Arts in Digital Journalism programme was designed to equip journalists with the best in cutting-edge technologies and practice. We blend classroom learning and study with practical journalistic experience.”

The programme will prepare journalists to become leaders in their field whilst inculcating core values and essential employability qualities such as academic excellence and freedom, intellectual rigor, commitment and passion, ethical practice, and creativity and innovation. It combines real-life practice with academic rigor to develop the knowledge, skills and professional qualities for success at the highest levels.

Generous scholarships are available.

For more information visit: http://akumedia.aku.edu/course/ma-in-digital-journalism-2/

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 19th June 2018.

Other speakers: Prof. Rhonda Breit, (Associate Dean, GSMC), Stephen Buckley (Director Professional Development Courses, GSMC), and Marion Njoki, (Technical Operations Manager, GSMC).

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