Gouvernement du Canada

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Youth Media Development Trainer

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Journalists for Human Rights
Acronyme : JHR
Type : Organisme non gouvernemental
Mandat : Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is a growing charitable organization that harnesses the power of the media to combat human rights abuses. By building the capacity of the media to report effectively on human rights issues, JHR's work pressures abusers to stop and empowers victims to fight back.
Adresse : 1027 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario,
M4W 2K9
FAX: (416) 413-1832
Veuillez visiter le site Internet de l'organisation offrant ce stage pour connaître ses exigences avant de lui envoyer votre curriculum vitae.
Personne ressource : Emilee Irwin
Courriel : emilee@jhr.ca
Pays : Rwanda
Ville : Butare
Secteur : Communications
Description du stage : The Rwanda Initiative, a project run by Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication, seeks to build the capacity of local journalists and to enhance media standards and freedom of expression in Rwanda. Its primary means of accomplishing this is by conducting a variety of training and capacity building exercises in the journalism department of the National University of Rwanda.

The selected intern will work with the Rwanda Initiative in Butare, Rwanda. The intern will develop and execute various projects aimed to improve the journalism department at the National University of Rwanda, the only journalism program in the country. Activities will include curriculum development and conducting workshops and training. The internship has been designed to deliver sustainable development outcomes corresponding to CIDA's priorities, while improving the intern's employable skills.

The initiative is headed by Carleton journalism professor Allan Thompson. It is a ground-breaking project, designed, in part, to ensure that the Rwandan media will never again help to insight violence, as it did during the Rwandan genocide. They have specifically requested assistance from JHR in the form of this internship.

In Canada
The in-Canada portion of this internship will begin one month prior to the intern's overseas departure. It will be composed of the following elements:

One Month Prior to Overseas Departure-Initial Preparation:

The intern will receive a comprehensive package of materials via email, providing ample time for the intern to read and prepare himself/herself for the pre-departure orientation and eventual overseas departure. Materials will include: a placement manual detailing the host organization, host country, internship description and other relevant information; the country's constitution; JHR's Safety and Security document; pass along notes from previous JHR interns; and other related materials.

The intern will be asked to write a short outline of the human rights situation in their host country. They will present their report to the group of other interns and JHR staff members at pre-departure training. This will allow the intern to gain a solid understanding of their host country before their departure.

The intern will be introduced via email to other JHR interns (past and present), JHR staff members and the appropriate people at their host organization. She/he will be encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns with members of this network. The intern will be expected to provide peer-to-peer support to other IYIP interns.

One Week Prior to Overseas Departure-Pre-departure Training:

The intern will participate with other selected interns in five days of intensive pre-departure training, designed to provide him/her with the tools needed for a successful internship. This includes:

DAY 1: JHR Welcoming Session.
- Morning-Welcoming ice-breaker exercise and discussion about IYIP program. Forms and legal documents distributed along with supplementary books and information about the host countries, JHR, human rights, etc. Each intern will present their report to the group, with a question and answer period afterwards.
- Afternoon-Talks from JHR's past overseas interns. JHR's executive to talk about JHR's programs in Africa. This is followed by a discussion on what to expect in the workplace (challenges and highlights), how to overcome challenges and how to make the most out of your placement.

DAY 2: Human Rights and the Media.
- Morning-Workshop led by an African human rights experts. This is followed by a debate on human rights with participants taking different sides.
- Afternoon- Workshop led by an African media experts. Participants will be given JHR's emergency protocol mechanism and a discussion on JHR's emergency protocol will follow.
- Dinner-JHR will host an informative dinner for participants where at least four potential employers will be brought in for a roundtable discussion about how the participants should be preparing and where to look for their next potential job.

DAY 3 - DAY 5: Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL) training, focusing on cross-cultural issues, culture shock, safety and other elements related to living and working overseas.

The selected Youth Media Development Trainer intern will work with the Rwanda Initiative in Butare, Rwanda. The intern will work with the organization to improve the journalism training conducted at the National University of Rwanda. More specifically, the intern will:

1) Youth Media Training: The intern will work with journalism students at the National University of Rwanda to produce and publish pieces on locally relevant human rights issues. These pieces will help the student in developing their journalism skills and will provide them an opportunity to start becoming published journalists. Training activities will include: workshops, one-on-one work and peer mentorship.
2) Curriculum Development: The intern will work with local professors and visiting Canadian professors to develop and refine current journalism curriculum.
3) Local Freelance: The intern will freelance stories and help students to freelance stories on locally relevant human rights issues to the local media, including rural media outlets. This will serve to increasingly engage the local population in key human rights issues.
4) International Freelance: The intern will freelance stories on key human rights issues in Rwanda to the Canadian media. This will serve to increasingly engage the Canadian media in Rwanda's development process and, overall, in issues related to good governance.
5) Canadian Engagement: The intern will regularly post to JHR's Abroad website, helping to engage Canadian's back home in their work, the work of their host organization
Organisation d'accueil : Rwanda Initiative
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The Rwanda Initiative began at Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication. The faculty set up a multi-faceted exploration of the role of the news media in the Rwanda genocide. The initiative aims to apply that knowledge in practical media training and journalism education in Canada and Rwanda. The latest phase of the Rwanda Initiative has seen the development of a teaching partnership with the National University of Rwanda, in Butare.

The initiative seeks to build the capacity of local journalists, to enhance media standards and freedom of expression in Rwanda and to instill a broader notion of the role of the media in society as a civil society agent of reform and democratic development.