Verslag van de RNTC opleiding Broadcast Journalism
By: Hamed Thabet
Meeting 10 skilled journalists from different countries in the Dutch winter for 12 weeks, on a daily base, intensively helped me as a former journalist from the Middle East to sharpen my skills in the field of media in a wider way.
I took part in the course of Good Governance and the Broadcast Journalist that was held from 4th. February to 26th. April 2013. By attending this influential course, I achieved vaster knowledge on understanding the role and responsibility of the broadcast journalist in covering issues of good governance preparing, researching, and carrying out broadcast and multimedia journalism assignments on topics to do with good governance.
This is very important for journalists to have enough knowledge and understanding of Good Governance in their countries in order to have a good journalistic work.
Participating in this course had also a great influence on developing our major skills that we must acquire in the field of media, because the cornerstone for this program was to strengthen the capacity of broadcast journalists to research and report for broadcast and new media in an effective and ethical way on issues to do with good governance.
Exchange of Experience
Sharing experience of each one of the participants and different ways and methods used to achieve their journalistic work and goals was also a good experience for me, knowing the difficulties that they face and how they manage to face the challenges until they send the message to the audience was overwhelmingly impressive to me.
Because we all shared and agreed on one main fact which is: journalists are ‘Agents of Change’. Journalists are the ones who can make a big difference by using the power of their pen in a useful and right way to help people and communities. However, there are lots of obstacles and challenges which stop journalists to do what they have to, such as lack of safety, issues to do with the political and security matters, not having a free press but a controlled one, lack of resources, equipment’s, skills, and many other reasons. But journalists have always believed that no matter what the barriers are, having the right tools education, and skills, they can make the impossible possible and help them to achieve their goals to change situations through using efficient methods.
By sharing with each other our background and experiences, we all agreed on one main point: the only way to change is facing a challenge with a challenge and never to give up. Change needs time, sometimes ages, but journalists must be prepared and ready for that moment, because they are not representing themselves, but they are the voice of the people, and the voice of the voiceless.
Visits and Practice in the Field
It was very important to implement the knowledge we have gained by attending this program into practice; therefore the theoretical sections in this course have been twined with practical sessions. As a result, we had many assignments that helped us to learn those theories through their practical implementations in the field. In addition, by being open to receive feedback from others, we learnt from our mistakes. All appreciated the remarks from the participants and of course the mentors and teachers who really assisted us in developing our skills and improving our efficiency in the field of media.
It has also been extremely helpful to visit some Dutch news agencies and see how the media works in regard with good governance in addition to visiting the Dutch Parliament and gaining a deep insight on how media/journalists and politics work together.
This course helped us to deepen our understanding of issues to do with good governance and of the role of the broadcast journalist in covering them.
It did reinforce the journalistic and teamwork skills required to prepare, research, and carry out broadcast and multimedia journalism assignments on topics to do with good governance, using writing, presenting and reporting stories for radio and television, the impact of news and social media and their relevance to the practice of broadcast and multimedia journalism writing, researching and producing for the internet using text, photos, audio and video, working in a multimedia newsroom, generating story ideas and contents for broadcast and new media.