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Algerian media create training network

afrol News, 26 November - A new media training network has been launched in Algeria. Journalists representing 10 Algerian dailies have created this network of media trainers to promote quality journalism in the troubled country, where press freedom still is fragile.

The Paris-based African Press Network for the 21st Century (RAP 21) has spoken to Judy Yablonky, an international media trainer and consultant, about the newly established Algerian Network of Journalism Trainers (Le Reseau des Formateurs de la Presse Algérienne). "The network was set up to support continuing professional journalism training for Algerian newspaper journalists," says Ms Yablonky.

According to the RAP 21 report, the network was created at the end of a three-part training programme in Algiers in September and October, which focused on investigative reporting, human rights, and training media trainers.

These sessions, conducted by the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) under Freedom House auspices with USAID funds, effectively formed a "training pyramid" to diffuse information, documentation and techniques throughout the media. Two leading Algerian daily newspapers, 'El Khabar' and 'El Watan', were local partners.

The training pyramid was effective, according to information gathered by RAP 21: "One consultant trained 10 local journalists in investigative journalism and training techniques; nine new trainers ran programmes for 70 local journalists at nine newspapers. Yablonky facilitated the in-house sessions as co-trainer, and critiqued the new trainers' first session. Each new trainer planned five to ten additional sessions."

In a final meeting held to review the initial in-house training sessions, the participants decided to create the new training network.

- The network is an informal association of journalists and newspapers, Ms Yablonky told RAP 21. "It is not a local NGO, and has no plans to register as one; it is not yet a formal professional association, only a loose collection of professionals with similar objectives," she added.

Speaking to RAP 21, Ms Yablonky highlighted the significant need for such a network in Algeria: "Members of the network are willing to work as local coordinators and recruiters for future journalism training programmes in Algeria. There currently exists no other local structure to provide training to members of the media."

- There are no publishers, editors, nor journalists professional associations, she emphasises. The network further is open to additional newspaper and representative journalist members.

According to RAP 21, the new Algerian network already has requested additional training programmes for national newspapers and journalists. Members were reported to be particularly interested in elections coverage training in preparation for Algeria's presidential elections, which are scheduled for 2004.

Additional training on economic reporting, sports reporting, local news coverage, and research on the Internet, as well as the organisation of the editorial desk, also has been requested, the RAP 21 report says.


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