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  Evaluating journalism and communication education
The status of Journalism and Communication education and training in Mozambique was the subject of a two-day seminar organized in Maputo by the Media Project, with the involvement of communication and media specialists, managers, editors and journalists in general, including from the SADC region.
Main objective of the seminar was to evaluate the level and quality of education and training of journalists presently offered by the different education and training institutions in the country and the extent to which this responds to the felt needs of the media industry.
The discussions were based upon a comprehensive “Study on Journalism and Communication Education and Training in Mozambique”, commissioned by the Media Project to a group of high level media specialists who recommended major curricula reforms, adequate training equipment and the establishment of curricula communication systems among the different institutions involved in the education and training of journalists, especially the public School of Journalism, but also ISPU and the Catholic University, the only two private universities offering social communication courses.
Specific subjects discussed included: a panel of editors discussing the needs of media houses versus training provided by media training institutions; a critical evaluation of the state of journalism in Mozambique from an academic perspective; and a regional perspective in journalism training in Southern Africa.
The Minister of Education, who addressed the seminar during the opening session, informed that the Government has started evaluating a project proposal aiming to reform the School of Journalism, including possibly turning it into a higher education institute, with the view to improve the presently precarious academic quality of the School, and thus allowing for the preparation of journalists with the needed competence for a national media sector that is pluralistic, independent and technically and ethically reliable.
Group discussions focusing on concrete subjects brought recommendations on the following topics: possible models of journalism training at tertiary level; new role of the school of journalism and curriculum development; synergies and interface between national training institutions, regional institutions and the School of Journalism, as well as the role of co-operating partners in journalism training.

Cheaper Paper - Greater Impact
- are the core aspirations behind the Paper Purchase Scheme entered into on May 30 by a group of Maputo-based newspapers and a Maputo-based supplier. As the initiator and facilitator of the process, UNESCO has committed itself to cover transport and storage costs during the first year, as well as to gua-rantee a small emergency fund. The partici-pating newspapers will save 30 % of the ever-increasing paper costs through the scheme.

An Informed HIV/AIDS Debate
- was the aim of the first training course on HIV/AIDS reporting held in Maputo for journalists and editors from the Southern part of Mozambique. After the 8-day intensive training course, the journalists said that they had totally changed their perception of the HIV/AIDS problem, and that they would never treat it the way they did before.
Some journalists stressed that their overall reporting style had received a thorough overhaul, putting them in a position to generally write in a better, more interesting and more effective way.
Similar courses will be held in Beira and Quelimane in July and September 2001.

Investigative Reporting - What is it?
- is one of the questions that many of the 40 journalists arrived with to the two training courses held by the Media Project in Beira and Inhambane during the month of May, organized as a tribute to the late Carlos Cardoso, assassinated for his investigative reporting November 22 last year.
While the participants expressed that they had learnt a lot (!) within the intensive 8-day processes, they also mentioned that it had brought them further generally in their way of thinking of themselves and their role as journalists within their society. Furthermore they had realized that there is a need for investigative reporting also in more "trivial" every-day areas that affect all of us directly.

Making Small Publications Survive
- is one of the core challenges for the many journalists, working to turn the ideas of pluralism and diversity into reality all over the country.
This is also true in Tete, where the journalists in and around the Association of Independent Media in Tete (AMET) and their Communication Center, had organized a four day intensive training programme during the last week of May. Management of finances, people, the technical and the editorial areas were among the many components included in the training course.

Community Control of Nova Radio Paz
- is the unique experience presently taking place in Quelimane, where the Catholic community-oriented radio station has decided to effectively involve the community in not only the program-ming, but also in the decision-making bodies.
This "Communitarisation Process" was officially launched on May 24, when a representative of the Media Project's Management Team visited the station. The ceremony stressed access to and participation in the media as important building blocks in the country's move towards democracy.

Sustainability and Coordination
- are at the core of a two day national Community Radio seminar being organised in Maputo by the UNESCO Media Project June 14-15. The Seminar will be run in close cooperation with ICS and the groups of Catholic community-oriented radio stations. The 65 participants will tackle important issues like training as well as financial and technical sustainability.
A background document is being prepared with profiles of all the 31 community-oriented stations expected to be on air all over Mozambique before the end of this year.

Media Development Project c/o UNESCO, P.O.Box 1397 Maputo, Mozambique
Tel. + 258.1. 498752/ 490840 Fax +258.1.498717
E-mail: unesco@mediamoz.com