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Database of African Journalism Schools

This database was compiled by UNESCO's Programme in Communication and Information, as part of the "Building Professional and Institutional Capacity for Media Training" initiative. In collaboration with Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies (South Africa) and the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille (ESJ, Graduate School of Journalism in France), UNESCO identified and catalogued up-to-date information on ninety-six journalism teaching institutions across the African continent.

Intended for journalism teachers, students, textbook publishers, donors, and the media industry itself, the database provides a listing of journalism schools in Africa including background, programme information, specialties, and contact details. Countries for which no data could be found are: Libya, Chad, Central African Republic, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Lesotho, Mauritania, Mauritius, Sao Tome and Principe, and Sudan.

The database can be searched online, or downloaded in Excel or Access formats. An RSS feed is also provided, to inform users about recently added schools.

Note: This database is no longer available online from the UNESCO website.

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UNESCO website on April 4 2008.

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As this is a 'first of its kind' report and the importance of C4D, the downloaded database (Database of African Journalism Schools) and UNESCO document (UNESCO report on Centres of Excellence) is a must for anybody involved in the education of journalists or anybody wanting to study journalism. The information on the database will be useful for journalism teachers, students, textbook publishers, donors and the media industry itself. In the foreword to the UNESCO report it notes that the "WSIS (World Society of Information Societies) Geneva Plan of Action called upon all stakeholders to 'contribute to media development and capacity building', and UNESCO was designated the lead facilitator of Action Line C9 “Media”. It is with this mandate in mind, and with respect for its commitment to give Africa priority attention, that UNESCO launched a study to assess existing journalism training institutions in Africa, and to develop a strategy to build institutional excellence to offer quality training. The report maps the capacity and potential for excellence of almost one hundred journalism schools across Africa, highlighting the development challenges and opportunities of African journalism institutions and identifying specific areas for support from development partners. The report is the first of its kind, providing a unique set of indicators and criteria for measuring potential for institutional excellence that can be adapted for use in other parts of the world".It does not take long to download the package is worth the effort a hundredfold ++++........Jakes

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