31.07.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Journalism Students Get Hands-on Training in Timor-Leste

Journalism Students Get Hands-on Training in Timor-Leste

Journalism students from the Universidade Nacional de Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) and the Universidade Oriental de Timor Lorosa'e (UNITAL) participated in practical hands-on journalism training in two workshops supported by UNESCO and the Netherlands.

Ninety-five students, mostly from the seventh semester of their studies (prior to industry internship) participated in a two-week intensive training that started from July and will continue until August in the capital Dili. These workshops were designed to develop their practical skills in interviewing, videography, photography, photo and video editing as well as radio production. UNESCO also donated some basic equipment including cameras, microphone and computers to the two universities as part of the training.

Trainers Mr. Abilio Fonsesca Soares (Australia-Timor-Leste), Mr. Yohannes Widodo (Indonesia), and Mr. Imam Wahyudi (Indonesia) were engaged by UNESCO to provide these important trainings for the students.  All three trainers have vast experience in the media and of training journalists including in Timor-Leste.

When asked, the students expressed their enthusiasm for the workshops as they hope to be well-prepared before entering the job market.  Unemployment rate in Timor-Leste remains high and over 50 per cent of the population are under the age of twenty making the job market highly competitive. Some students have not had the opportunity to be trained in practical skills during the course of their studies.

The two intensive training workshops are part of the larger programme “Strengthening Media Self-Regulatory Mechanisms in Timor-Leste” supported by the Netherlands to develop self-regulatory mechanisms and quality journalism in the country. The practical trainings will complement the code of ethics training to be provided by the Conselho De Imprensa Timor-Leste (Timor-Leste Press Council) later in September. Taken together, these activities are designed to build the capacity and prepare the students for their industry internships and eventually increasing their employment prospects.

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