Using Media for Development
This brand new, 2-week course for experienced NGO staff is about how to increase the impact of what you do by making more effective use of media and by building a mutually beneficial relationship with local media. How do media work and how are they organised? And there is some hands-on experience too: learn how to create some audio and video content yourself!
The 2013 course is OPEN for applications
The 2013 course is CLOSED for NFP scholarship applications
The May 2014 course is OPEN for applications
The May 2014 course WILL BE OPEN for NFP scholarship applications from 1 August - 1 October 2013
The September 2014 course is OPEN for applications
The September 2014 course WILL BE OPEN for NFP scholarship applications
The 2015 course is OPEN for applications
The 2015 course WILL BE OPEN for NFP scholarship applications
At the end of the course, you will have:
- insight into how NGOs can best use media and collaborate with local media in the interests of development
- understanding of the characteristics of print, broadcast, online and social media and their relative strengths and weaknesses
- an overview of theoretical models underpinning the design and use of media formats to inform and educate specific target groups
- working knowledge of the media content producer’s toolkit
- hands-on practical experience of devising and making a short multimedia story
Who`s it for
Staff working in or for development-oriented Non Governmental Organisations/Civil Society Organisations. Applicants are expected to have at least three years experience of working for an NGO operating in or for the developing world.
The course will address a variety of questions. How can NGOs reach a wider and more diverse target audience? What possibilities do you have with media to reinforce the message you are trying to put across? What do you need to know about the way the media world works, and how can you encourage and ensure effective collaboration between media and development NGO’s?
It gives an understanding of the strengths of the different available media platforms, sufficient to be able to advise in-country on their use. It provides an overview of the theoretical models and formats in mainstream media to assess media opportunities. It lays the foundation for effective collaboration with media professionals or the independent use of media.
The course will place an emphasis on combining theory with practice through individual, group and plenary activities, presentations, discussions, role plays, exercises, content analysis and mini-assignments.
Since there’s no better way to learn than to try it yourself, we’ll be getting you to work with a camera to script and make your own stories, using text, photos and video.
Dates and deadlines
Course dates: 16 - 27 September 2013
RNTC application deadline: 1 August 2013
NFP (fellowship) application deadline: passed
Printable infosheet: Using media for development 2013
Course dates: 12 - 23 May 2014
RNTC application deadline: 1 April 2014
NFP (fellowship) applications: 1 August - 1 October 2013
Printable infosheet: Using media for development 2014
Course dates: 15 - 26 September 2014
RNTC application deadline: 1 August 2014
NFP (fellowship) applications: to be announced
Course dates: 11 - 22 May 2015
RNTC application deadline: 1 April 2015
NFP (fellowship) applications: to be announced
- You are currently working in or for an NGO and have a minimum of three years experience, some of which involved the use of media
- You have successfully completed higher education
- You are used to working with computers and have good computer skills
- Your speaking and writing skills in English, the course language, are sufficient
- You submit a letter of motivation in English (150-250 words) explaining why you want to follow the course
English language proficiency
Since English is the working language of our courses, we need to be sure that your English is good enough. If you come from a country where English is the official/national language or if English was the language in which you took higher education, your spoken and written English will be good enough. In both these cases you don't need to give us any proof of proficiency.
In all other cases we will need a certified statement from a recognized authority establishing your proficiency in spoken and written English. The required level of your command of English should be equivalent to a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based), and 6 for IELTS. In case of doubt we may conduct a telephone/Skype interview.
Fees, costs and fellowships
- 2013: EUR 2,050
- May edition 2014: EUR 2,050
- September edition 2014: EUR 2,099
- 2015: EUR 2,199
The course fee includes pick-up from the airport, insurance, accommodation & meals, cost of local transport and travel assignments. Participants must cover their international travel costs. More information on costs can be found here.
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After you have completed all the course sessions and assignments you will receive an RNTC Certificate and join the ranks of our more than 3.000 RNTC alumni worldwide.
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