journalism training
Providing training for journalists is one of MICT's core competencies, and comprises the largest part of its portfolio. Since 2004, MICT has trained a large number of journalists in Iraq, Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan, Mali, Pakistan, Sudan and South Sudan. The training teaches the basics of print and radio journalism, and is often complemented by more specific topics, such as cross-media strategies, security, media law, interviewing techniques, mobile reporting, research, TV debate formats, etc.

MICT aims at closely integrating the training into the participants’ actual work. In many projects, MICT trainers coach journalists over a period of years, providing guidance and feedback during the entire editorial process – from finding topics to structuring and editing journalistic pieces. This approach is based on the assumption that learning is most effective when it is tightly interwoven with production. The decision to provide continuous coaching over long periods of time, and to offer in-depth (rather than overly broad) training aims at sustainability and excellence in our cooperative work.

The long-term on-the-job training of journalists is complemented by short workshops on specific topics. In these workshops, the applicability and relevance of the content are just as important. MICT's workshops usually start outside the training room, preferably at the participants' workplace. Only after the experiences gathered on these 'field trips' have been evaluated, theoretical insights will be provided. Once a year, MICT's trainers participate in a 'training of trainers', where they are introduced to new as well as established training methods.

Media Academy Iraq was founded to provide a focal point for MICT's training activities in Iraq, and to grow local roots. In 2011 and 2012, more than 1,000 Iraqi journalists received training here. Media Academy Iraq is not only MICT's largest, and most important, project, but also a resource pool for training in countries outside of Iraq. More than 60 teachers from all parts of the Arabic-speaking world are associated with the Academy.