We are running a multi-disciplinary eight week practical online training programme that is designed to develop journalists' abilities to work across multiple platforms and media.
The programme has been created by Thomson Foundation's top trainers with the aim of equipping the modern journalist with the right skill-base and mind-set to be able to navigate, adapt to, and operate in a constantly changing media environment.
Featuring video tutorials, interactive exercises, and feedback from peers, mentors, and the trainers, the programme is designed with a desire to bring Thomson Foundation's renowned hands-on skills training to the online world.
Participating journalists will be encouraged to network with their peers, our experts, and experienced mentors who will support them.
There is no theory, it's all about each expert's unique experience with hands on exercises.
This is part of Thomson Foundation's long term plan to develop an international journalism qualification that will provide a benchmark for standards in journalism that can be applied internationally which guarantee a level of quality and current skills.
Each week the course will focus on a specialism covering multi-platform and social media, mobile journalism, and editorial judgement.
We have invested time and resources in developing an interactive approach that can apply some of the learning by doing approach that we know is highly effective.
"We asked ourselves how can we retain that personal investment and sharing of knowledge and experience that our trainers provide," says Hosam El Nagar, director of innovation and learning. "And the answer was to begin by putting the same care and effort into our online courses too."
What unites the trainers' approach is the methodology which Thomson Foundation has developed in-house building on and combining existing best practices in e-learning and the foundation's trainers' practical approach to training.
Growing and engaging your audience: Identifying and engaging your audience and humanising coverage
Are you a journalist?: What isn't journalism and building a trusted brand
Your security: Protecting yourself, your media organisation, your sources, and your audience.
Journalism across different platforms: Practical introduction to journalism and media consumption across different platforms
The business of journalism: Optimising coverage and resources to grow and maintain your audience
Social media for newsgathering: Using listening and verification tools for research and accuracy
Social media strategy: From your social media persona to developing social media strategy and technique.
Mobile journalism: Producing multi-media content using smart phones and portable digital equipment.
360 Video: An introduction to 360 video production.