Bangkok workshop to introduce new mindful journalism curriculum for regional integration
Within the framework of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication, the Communication Arts Faculty of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok is hosting a ten-day workshop from 4 to 12 July to introduce the new mindful journalism training curriculum drawn from Asia’s age-old philosophical wisdoms.
The workshop is part of the IPDC project to develop a curriculum and to train-the-trainers to implement journalism training in the ASEAN and SAARC regions that will take a unique approach to communication theories that promote mindfulness and social harmony based on Asian philosophies.
Sixteen mid-career journalism trainers will be taking part in the workshop along with the project team from Chulalongkorn University led by Dr Jirayudh Sinthuphan and Dr Kalinga Seneviratne. The trainers will come from Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
The project team developed six modules for journalism training in Asia drawn from UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education and incorporating Asian philosophical concepts. The modules include:
- Media and Society;
- Asian Perspectives and Communication Theory;
- Human Centred Journalism;
- Reporting Climatic Change and Sustainable Development;
- Development Journalism; and
- Mindful Investigative Reporting.
Each module comprises 12 teaching weeks and is designed for mass communications or journalism courses at the undergraduate level.
The curricula have incorporated Asian philosophies and communication theories emanating from Buddhist, Hindu and Confucius teachings that cover areas such as social harmony, protecting nature and environment, respecting cultural diversity and encouraging sufficiency economic models. With development of mindfulness becoming a global movement today, all the curricula have a strong emphasis on mindful communication and its adaptation to the practice of journalism.
IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme not only provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.
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