Asian journalists have arrived in Macau. They are participating in the regional workshop on online journalism. Organizers as well as the participants expect the workshop will be a success.
Deutsche Welle’s DW-Akademie, Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and television network of Macau, Teledifusao de Macau (TDM) have jointly started the regional workshop on web journalism in Macau on 4th of May, 2009.
This three-week long workshop is being held at the Institute for Tourism Studies, situated in Colina de Mong ha. All the participants in the workshop are from Asian countries.
Nine Asian journalists, having different backgrounds with mixed talents and ideas, are making the workshop lively. They have reached here from eight different Asian countries.
Love for Asia
The workshop certainly is not about internet technology and contains many writing exercises for the web. It mainly focuses on the role and responsibility of the online journalists and improving their journalistic skills. It also focuses on Web 2.0 which includes blogs, podcasts and user-generated contents. Journalists, attending the workshop, will be able to learn the peculiarities and challenges of online journalism. More importantly, they would become even more sound in identifying their target audience for whom they will write for.
According to Thorsten Karg, the Programme Manager and Trainer of the workshop, “It has been very much interactive so far. I love to look into their eyes, on their faces and how they interact among each other.”
“Personally, I love Asia very much”
Thorsten Karg, Programme Manager, DW-Akademie
“We live in online journalism and such kinds of trainings should be organized very often in Asian region”, says Ljubomir P. Gatdula who is the News Reporter from Philippines Broadcasting Service and is one of the participants. “Journalists should be aware about the usages of web journalism and it is important to have basic knowledge and skills about how to write and use the news articles in online journalism”, he says.
“Personally, I love Asia very much”, says Thorsten while sharing his experience of working with the participants. He believes journalists’ task is to give clear information in simple language with accuracy, neutrality and objectivity. Other predominant requirements for journalism are independence, honesty, credibility and above all, commitment to the truth.
“Use of internet is growing fast in Asia”
Kyle James, Media Trainer, DW-Akademie
Fast growth of the web
At this advanced age of electronic media, besides radio and television, people are also getting interested in internet all over the world. In Asia, the story is on the part of positive upswing, as well. Kyle James who is the Media Trainer of DW-Akademie and is also one of the two trainers of the workshop, welcomes this change.
“Use of internet is growing fast in Asia and younger generations are taking more interest in getting news and other information from the web”, he points out. “For example, the growth of internet usage in India has increased drastically for the past couple of years and people are turning toward the internet “, he adds. It only indicates that the web offers access to a varied of information from many different resources and the audience expectation from online news has increased to great extent.
Participants are expecting a lot from the workshop. Vietnamese participant, Hanh who teaches English at the College of Broadcasting and Television 1 feels it’s a great experience for her to learn so many new things of online journalism. “Web journalism is new and it is also important for the radio, television and print journalists to know about it”, she says. “When I’ll return home, I will share my experience with my students so that they can learn as well.”
One of the co-organizers, AIBD is proud to be the part of this workshop which has stepped into its second week already. IT Programme Mangaer, Le Yee Mon Lisa feels Macau is the ideal venue for this workshop. She believes it’s a rare opportunity for the mid-level journalists to gather a lot of experience from this workshop . “It’s also for the participants to attend the Asia Media Summit in Macau at the end of the workshop”, she adds.
Journalistic craftsmanship will be the foremost focus of the workshop. Discussion on many new aspects of online journalism will continue until the 22nd May, 2009 when the workshop will end.
comSCORE (A leader in measuring the digital world)
Global internet audience surpasses one billion visitors (23 January, 2009)
AIBD (AIBD’s objective is to promote media professionalism in electronic media in Asia and the Pacific region.)
AIBD/DW-Akademie Regional Workshop on Web Journalism (13 January, 2009)
DW-Akademie promoting media development (6 June, 2007)