Continuing Journalism Education

ACME’s Continuing Journalism Education (CJE) programme, honed over the past decade, provides a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to mid-career journalist development. Recognising the increasing importance of both subject-matter expertise and practical skills in today’s media landscape, CJE offers a unique blend of knowledge modules and practical training, tailored to individual needs and media organisations.

Knowledge as the cornerstone

CJE emphasises the critical role of deep subject-matter knowledge in crafting impactful journalism. Moving beyond basic skills training, the programme provides journalists with the theoretical frameworks and cutting-edge research needed to produce nuanced and insightful reporting. This knowledge-based approach empowers journalists to not only report the facts, but also to understand the underlying context and provide meaningful analysis.

A commitment to evidence-based learning

The CJE curriculum is informed by the latest research and best practices in journalism education. The programme draws upon ACME’s own studies on media coverage of public affairs, academic studies, industry reports, and expert insights to ensure that its modules and training methods are effective and relevant to the needs of mid-career journalists. This commitment to evidence-based learning ensures that CJE graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in the ever-evolving media landscape.

Customised learning journeys

Recognising the diverse needs of media organisations, ACME’s Continuing Journalism Education programme adopts a flexible approach. We tailor curriculum modules and training to the specific requirements of each participant and newsroom, regardless of size, location, or target audience. Whether it is a niche publication seeking expertise in a specific domain or a national broadcaster aiming to boost investigative skills, CJE provides customised learning journeys that maximise impact.

Through a collaborative process, we understand newsrooms’ unique goals, challenges, and audience demographics. We then co-create a training programme that addresses their priorities and leverages our expert faculty to curate relevant modules and workshops. Options include immersive on-site training, convenient online sessions, and scalable solutions adaptable to your size and budget.

Our unique approach

The core of CJE is the intensive two-part fellowship, designed to provide both theoretical grounding and practical application. The program spans 3-4 months and includes:

  • Phase 1: Knowledge immersion: This initial workshop features renowned experts who share their insights and best practices within your chosen domain. Participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical frameworks and research relevant to their area of focus.
  • Phase 2: Practical application: Equipped with newfound knowledge, participants embark on a 6-9 week placement within their chosen media organisation. Under the guidance of experienced mentors, they apply their learnings to develop and report planned stories, gaining valuable real-world experience.
  • Phase 3: Refinement and amplification: The final workshop provides a platform for participants to share their experiences, receive feedback from peers and mentors, and further refine their skills through targeted workshops and discussions. This collaborative environment fosters knowledge sharing and ensures long-term learning outcomes.

Skill development and knowledge integration

CJE acknowledges the importance of both practical skills and subject-matter expertise in producing impactful journalism. The programme focuses on developing essential skills such as:

  • Storytelling: Crafting captivating narratives that effectively communicate complex information to a diverse audience.
  • Data analysis and investigative reporting: Utilising data to uncover hidden patterns and build compelling arguments, while adhering to ethical journalistic practices.
  • Sourcing and interviewing: Identifying and engaging reliable sources to gather accurate and insightful information.
  • Communication and audience engagement: Presenting information clearly and concisely, ensuring effective communication with the target audience.

CJE goes beyond simply teaching skills; it emphasises the integration of these skills with subject-matter knowledge. This allows participants to seamlessly weave their expertise into their storytelling, producing well-rounded and informative reports that stand out from the crowd.

Investment in long-term growth

ACME’s commitment to journalist development extends beyond the CJE programme. Participants gain access to a network of experts, ongoing mentorship opportunities, and competitive reporting grants to support their continued growth and the pursuit of impactful stories.

ACME is committed to providing mid-career journalists with a comprehensive and continuously updated training curriculum designed to meet emerging needs and address recurring issues of significance to both the media and society. Our goal is to cultivate journalists with the knowledge and skills required to report on subjects with nuance and impact. ACME’s detailed portfolio of training curricula encompasses a range of select topics, ensuring a well-rounded and relevant educational experience. The following is an overview of key training areas that ACME has delivered in the past:

1. Agriculture and Food Reporting
2. Audio Documentary Production
3. Basic Writing and Editing Skills
4. Business and Finance Reporting
5. Enterprise Reporting
6. Environment Reporting
7. Extractive Industries Reporting
8. Health Reporting
9. HIV/AIDS and Disease Outbreaks Reporting
10. Investigative Reporting
11. Land and Property Rights Reporting
12. Media Ethics and Media Law
13. Media, Peace, and Conflict
14. Mobile Journalism
15. Multi-Media Journalism
16. Public Accountability Reporting
17. Public Affairs and Public Policy Reporting

It is important to note that ACME is dedicated to ongoing curriculum revision and updates, ensuring that our training remains responsive to the evolving landscape of journalism. For additional information on our training programme for mid-career journalists, please feel free to contact us at info[at]acme-ug.org.

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