The Training Program

A recent survey of journalism leaders and instructors identified de-Westernization as an important goal in the development of journalism in Africa. This does not mean, however, a total rejection of journalistic philosophy and approaches developed in the West, particularly the pursuit of truth and viewing journalism as a social responsibility and the legitimate right of the public to have access to information. There is high support among journalistic leaders in Africa for putting journalism in the larger societal context as an institution for holding those in power accountable. Journalists need to understand how this power operates and have the skills to report stories accurately and outside of these power relationships, and be able to do so freely and with little risk to their safety.

African and Western journalists and journalistic leaders have identified the training program of The Sorious Samura Foundation as key to moving toward that because of its intensity, because it is African led and because of the long term mentorship and networks of support we will create. Furthermore, the skills training in the program will involve special emphasis on new and emerging media, as well as traditional print and broadcast. We aim to create great story tellers, who can apply their trade to any medium and great media business leaders who can disseminate the stories, domestically and internationally.

The Sorious Samura Foundation offers a one-year intensive, five module training program, followed by long term mentorship and support. The Sorious Samura Foundation goes to the journalists, working in African cities with a heavy concentration of media. The five modules include leadership training, journalism skills training, law and ethics of journalism, creating a project and training the trainers. The latter will then will have the skills to move on to train new journalists in the city where they were trained, as well as in other locations in which the foundation is working, and offer their services to other organizations involved in media training.

The Sorious Samura Foundation will also partner with Western business leaders and training institutions to offer a similar program to journalism management so they can create solid business models to distribute journalism domestically and internationally. These business models will be based on creating sustainability, so that journalists and journalism businesses can operate freely.

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