Saturday, May 08, 2010

Global course in ICT Journalism topics for week 2 and 3

tools of our trade - topics

1. Introduction to ICT tools for journalism
2. Digital Convergence
3. Media Convergence
4. Computer Assisted Journalism
5. Using Geographic Information System in Journalism
6. Publishing platforms
7. Content Management System
8. Database Management System
9. Maths and Stats for the newsroom

then tools of our trade(part two) looks at some online tools

1. Website, chat, email and instant messaging
2. Feeds – RSS, Widget, New Tracker, Content Tracker
3. Blogs
4. Wiki
5. Podcasting
6. Twitter – twitter pic, twitter chats, saving twitter as pdf, hash tags (power point)
7. Video sharing (power point)
8. Infostructures and Social networking (power point)
9. Online documents, Online Collaboration tools and communications

Monday, April 26, 2010



1. What does ICTs Journalism means to you?

2. What is the most important ICT tools in your news organization?

3. Are we going to see the death of newspapers due to ICTs ?

4. What is the best strategy for dealing with User Content Generation in your newsroom?

5. What was the most useful information did you get through reading of lecture notes and readings?

6. Is social media a myth or reality?

7. What does networked journalism means to you?

8. How do you think new media is redefining journalism

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

3rd Penplusbytes Global Online Course in ICT Journalism (April 20 to July 20 2010) welcome message

3rd Penplusbytes Global Online Course in ICT Journalism (April 20 to July 20 2010) -International Institute for ICT Journalism -PenPlusBytes -PPB01020

Welcome message

Welcome to PenPlusBytes online course on ICT Journalism for the period of three months (April 20th to July 20th 2010)

Online Classes

We shall post weekly lecture notes based on the class time-table plus relevant documents.

Participants are expected to contribute through questions, comments, contributions, suggestion etc after reading the lectures’ notes. Please remember that class postings constitute part of your final grading.

At the end of each week, a weekly summary of all postings shall be sent to the list (Summaries are expected to be done by class groups)

Weekly Class Assignments

Class assignments are expected to be submitted on due dates.

Submit your assignment before Sunday each week to

In the subject line indicate your name and the question for the weekly assignment

For example: online journalism – past present and future name: Alajidi Kufe

Subject: Alajidi kufe(online journalism – past present and future)

Project Work

At the end of the course, each participant is expected to submit a project work in any ICT Journalism area of choice. There will be a window of two months after lectures for submission- formally due in September 2010.

Special Guests

In addition to the course instructors, participants would have a unique opportunity to interact with special guests with expertise in ICT Journalism.


32 participants are expected to take part in this online course from the following countries Bangladesh, Ghana, Benin, Uganda , USA, Nigeria , Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Hong Kong (China), Italy , Peru , Zimbabwe, Ukraine , Botswana, Brazil, Malawi , Rwanda , Ethiopia, Cuba , Netherlands , Tanzania, India , Chile , Nepal , Sierra Leone and Kenya

Friday, January 15, 2010

Training : 3RD Penplusbytes Global Online Course in ICT Journalism (April 20 to July 20 2010)

After successfully pioneering an online course in ICT Journalism in 2006, The International Institute for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Journalism Penplusbytes second online course took place in 2007. Participants from Africa, Asia, North America Europe and Australia have taken advantage of this unique learning opportunity to grow their knowledge of ICT Journalism.We are pleased to announce the 3rd Global Online Course in ICT Journalism (April 20 to July 20 2010). Course details are provided below :

Course Objective: Participants will be exposed to the wider context of ICTs assisted journalism including its history, how these technologies are impacting on the world of journalism, how ICT can be used in producing stories and how to manage change process in using innovative ICT tools.
Course Description and Goals: This course teaches the theory and concept of ICTs journalism; the impact of ICTs on Journalism and how to increase excellence in journalism using ICTs as a tool.

At the end of the course, the participants will learn four main set of skills:
You will learn and understand broad spectrum of ICTs tools available for journalism
You will learn how to research and publish content online
You will learn that despite that the proliferation of technology for journalism the fundamental principles of journalism still apply.
You will learn how to use a selection of ICT tools for journalism

Prerequisites: This course does not have any special prerequisites though participants will need to have basic computer skills such sending and receiving mails, managing files and browsing the Internet. The course assumes participants are practicing journalists who have mastered journalism skills.

Class Meeting:
Participants are expected to meet online via group discussion weekly, it is expected that a participants must devote at least five hours per week online.

Course Content

Introduction to ICT Journalism – concept, theory and definition
ICT tools for Journalism – web 2.0/3.0, wikis, blogs, podcasting, online collaborative tools, newsroom content management system and publishing platforms
The role of information and knowledge management in the newsroom
Specialization in ICT Journalism
Online Research
Business Models of Online Journalism
Future of ICT Journalism

Materials :
Participants will be provided with regular resources during the duration of the course, these resources will available mostly online or via CD ROM.

Participants are expected to undertake weekly assignment, participate in online discussion, make use of ICT tools and produce a final project work to be published on Penplusbytes website.

All participants who fully successfully complete the course and would be awarded a certificate.

Please complete application form and write a separate one-page statement on how this seminar will help you in meeting your journalistic and leadership goals.

To fill out your application form online and submit your statements PLEASE CLICK HERE

Alternatively you can email completed form and statement to or for your inquires :
EMAIL : training AT

Closing date for receipt of application and statement is 20th March 2010.

Notification of acceptance: 2nd April 2010

Engaging, informative, and high-quality online training course created and offered by Penplusbytes.