Lecturers at the Department of Journalism and Communication, Makerere University, are undergoing a training aimed at enhancing their capacity to teach online and multimedia journalism and production.
The four-day training, conducted by Deutche Welle Akademie, aims at equipping the lecturers with skills to enable them to teach journalism in the changing new media environment. Such trainings are necessitated by the fact that journalism and communication students need to learn how to combine text, photographs, audio and video for multimedia platforms.
Mrs Marjorie K. Niyitegeka, the former programs coordinator at the department said the training falls within the university’s mission to ensure that staff have continuous professional development. “Ultimately, this will enrich the quality of teaching and strengthen the multimedia component of our curriculum,” Mrs Niyitegeka said.
The trainer, Mr Henner Weithoner, put emphasis on topics like multimedia story-telling; content management system; mobile reporting; writing and sharing content for social media like twitter and Facebook.
This training is part of a series of train of trainer workshops planned for the lecturers this semester. It is as a result of a partnership between GIZ, DW-Akademie and the department. The partnership is a result of the human rights project the department is implementing in collaboration with the two Germany institutions. Selected students will also be trained in mobile reporting later in the semester to prepare them to participate in a human rights project dubbed “Let’s talk about it”.