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A. PROJECT IDENTIFICATION
SUPPORT FOR JOURNALIST
MEDIA DEVELOPMENT INDICATOR
Category 4: Professional training and support
for training institutions to promote freedom of expression, pluralism and diversity
IPDC PRIORITY AREA
TYPE OF ASSISTANCE REQUESTED
Financial aid for training and institutional capacity building
TOTAL COST OF PROJECT
AMOUNT REQUESTED FROM IPDC
Association des Journalistes Haïtiens
Association of Haitian Journalists), for the
benefit of journalists in Port-au-Prince, Port-de-Paix, Saint-Marc and Mirebalais
UNESCO Office in Haiti Mehdi Benchelah, Communication and Information Specialist. Association des Journalistes Haïtiens
(AJH), Jacques Dérosier, Secretary-General.
Association des Journalistes haïtiens
(AJH) / Port-au-Prince, Haiti. 16 rue Rigaud,
Jacques Derosier, Secretary-General, AJH; Mehdi Benchelah, Communication and
PROJECT PREPARED BY
Information Specialists, UNESCO Office in
Haiti; Isabelle Viera, National Administrator of the Communication and Information Programme, UNESCO Office in Cuba
DECISION OF THE BUREAU
According to the Conseil National des Télécommunications
(Conatel, National Telecommunications Council), there are two hundred radio stations and some twenty television channels operating in Haiti. Yet, good journalism training centres are rare in the country. The training of journalists has always been a topic of debate, and is still a major problem today, particularly in provincial towns.
In September 2010, Quisqueya University, in partnership with the Centre de Formation et de Perfectionnement de Journalistes
(CFPJ), introduced a Masters in Journalism. However, no higher-education institutions in the country offer a first degree (licence
) in the discipline. The Social Communication Department of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the Haiti State University offers a few courses in journalism, but these are insufficient for anyone wishing to exercise the profession. There are a few private journalism schools in Port-au-Prince, but, in addition to other shortcomings, they are not recognised by the state.
For journalists in the communes of Saint-Marc (l’Artibonite department) and Mirebalais, (Le Centre department)—two important towns in terms of population, geographical location, and the number of media outlets established there—the situation, in terms of available training options, is particularly difficult. Unlike their colleagues in other towns, they do not have access to a MINUSTAH Multimedia Centre, which journalists can use to work and exchange.
In an attempt to remedy the situation, the Association des Journalistes haïtiens
(AJH, Association of Haitian Journalists) is proposing to open a Centre for Ongoing Training in Journalism, as well as two Press Centres—one in Saint-Marc, and the other in Mirebalais.
The Association des Journalistes haïtiens
(AJH, Haitian Association of Journalists) is the oldest media organisation in Haiti, and, theoretically, all Haitian journalists belong to the association. From 1986 to 1991, the AJH played an important role as a militant organisation and as a trade union. As a militant organisation, it succeeded in having the recognition of freedom of expression and the right to information written in to the 1987 Constitution; as a trade union, it played an important role in supporting the democratic movement.
The benefits of this project are three-fold:
It will see the start-up of activities at the AJH's Centre for Ongoing Training; It will provide an immediate response to the training and re-training needs of Haitian journalists—especially
those in the North-West department—notably through modules on freedom of expression, pluralism and diversity;
It will provide journalists in Saint-Marc and Mirebalais with a venue to meet and work. 2.
DESCRIPTION OF THE TARGET GROUPS
• 40 journalists from the North-West department;
• 75 journalists from Port-au-Prince; • Journalists in Saint-Marc and Mirebalais.
Implementing this project will solve two major problems: with the opening of the AJH's Centre for Ongoing Training, it will contribute to remedying the lack of journalist training; and, through the mini press centres, it will provide journalists in Saint-Marc and Mirebalais with a venue to meet, work, and exchange. Setting up these centres will promote the establishment of links between the journalists in these towns.
To strengthen the capacity of journalists in the North-West department, and in Port-au-Prince; and to provide journalists in Saint-Marc and Mirebalais with a venue to work, meet and exchange.
Ongoing training in journalism techniques for 40 journalists from Port-de-Paix;
Courses in journalism writing, reporting and interviewing for 75 journalists from Port-au-Prince; Improvement in the quality of work of journalists in Saint-Marc and Mirebalais as a result of the opening of
Organisation of six training modules for 40 journalists from the North-West department, and three workshops
(writing, interviewing and reporting) for 75 journalists from Port-au-Prince (25 journalists per workshop).
Opening of two mini press centres, in Saint-Marc and Mirebalais. 7. PROJECT
The project inputs can be divided into two categories: For the Centre for Ongoing Training, inputs will cover remuneration of the trainers, hiring of the training venue, production of course materials, hiring of an audio studio for practical work, transportation and accommodation for trainers, and monitoring trips undertaken by the project manager;
For the mini press centres, inputs will cover the rental of the premises, furniture and equipment (desks, chairs, conference tables, computers and internet access), and remuneration of the project manager.
ACTIVITIES / MONTH
Planning of and registration for the course in Port-de-Paix
Opening of the mini press centres in Saint-Marc and Mirebalais.
Evaluation exam for journalists in Port-de-Paix
Diploma awards ceremony for journalists in Port-de-Paix
The project will be implemented by the Association des journalistes haïtiens
(AJ H, Association of Haitian Journalists), which has existed since 1953. In 2010, with UNESCO support, the AJH organised several courses for journalists in Haiti, including:
A course on natural disaster risks, in collaboration with the Haitian Civil Emergency Services (DPC,
Direction de la Protection civile
), for 300 journalists from 10 regions;
An assistance programme for journalists who had lost their jobs following the earthquake on 12 January
2010. This emergency aid programme, involving the production of news reports on humanitarian, cultural and historical themes, also included a training component in writing techniques for reporters. Some twenty journalists were involved in the programme.
A course on covering elections, for 250 journalists from 9 Haitian towns (Port-au-Prince, Port-de-Paix,
Gonaïves, Saint Marc, Mirebalais, Jérémie, Jacmel, Miragoane and Petit Goave). As part of the course, an information session on cholera and the means of combating the disease was organised in collaboration with Action contre la faim
(ACF), Médecins du Monde
(MDM), and Médecins sans Frontières
The AJH Training Centre's activities will be driven by the needs expressed by local journalist associations.
Opening the Centre will create a dynamic enabling the organisation of regular sessions of ongoing training,
financed by national and international institutional players in the field of communication.
The press centres will be managed by the local journalist associations (the Association des Journalistes du Bas-
and the Association des Journalistes de Mirbalais
). After the first year, the press centres will be
financed through the hiring of rooms for conferences, courses and various other events. 11. FRAMEWORK OF MONITORING
The project will be monitored by the UNESCO Office in Haiti; the AJH will coordinate the evaluation of the project.
In 2009 and 2010 the AJH organised and conducted several courses in 10 regions of Haiti. This enabled the
association to gain an accurate understanding of the need for training, among Haitian journalists, especially in
the provinces, in the basic techniques of written and audio reporting. The journalists in Port-de-Paix, in
particular, who are disadvantaged by the fact that they are so far away from the capital, expressed the need for
ongoing training. The AJH also realised that there was quite a demand for training among media professionals
in Port-au-Prince, who were more interested in refresher training than a full, one-year course.
13. FRAMEWORK OF BENEFICIARY AGENCY’S REPORTING
The AJH will submit a progress report and a final report. The project will be supervised by the Association's Secretary-General, Mr Jacques Derosier, who will be responsible for producing and submitting the reports. The UNESCO Office in Haiti, in collaboration with the AJH, will be responsible for the overall monitoring of the project.
In 2009 and 2010, the AJH received IPDC assistance for the following training projects in Haiti: a course in reporting on natural-disaster risks, conducted in collaboration with the Haitian Civil Emergency Services (DPC,
Direction de la Protection civile haïtienne
); an assistance programme for journalists who had lost their jobs
following the earthquake on 12 January 2010. In all, some 320 journalists benefited from these projects.
Previous IPDC support received by the country:
HAITI: DEVELOPMENT OF A PROGRAMME FOR THE PRODUCTION
AND PROMOTION OF PRINTED AND AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS
STRENGTHENING THE TELEVISION PRODUCTION CAPACITY
STRENGTHENING THE PRODUCTION OF THE NATIONAL RADIO
STRENGTHENING THE PRODUCTION MEANS OF THE NATIONAL
STRENGTHENING THE PRODUCTION CAPACITY OF TÉLÉ-HAÏTI
ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMUNITY MULTIMEDIA CENTRES
RENFORCEMENT DES CAPACITES DES MEDIAS HAÏTIENS
HAÏTI: ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY RADIO
HAITI: ASSISTANCE TO HAITI JOURNALISTES ASSOCIATION
TOTAL HAITI: US$ 368,500 +US$50,000 (FUNDS-IN-TRUST)
BREAKDOWN OF IPDC CONTRIBUTION
(in US dollars)
Hiring of the training room (6 sessions):
Hiring of a studio for practical work (Port-de-Paix):
Trainer for the 3 workshops (Port-au-Prince):
Accommodation (Port-au-Prince / evaluation / training):
Refreshments in Port-au-Prince for 25 participants (3 x 3-day
Equipment for the 2 press centres (computers, Internet etc.):
US$ 43 100
BREAKDOWN OF BENEFICIARY’S CONTRIBUTION
(in US dollars)
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