Newsroom management, reporting and editing, post-conflict journalism, improving news content and standards
Timothy Spence is a journalism trainer and newsroom consultant with more than 20 years of experience as a reporter, Washington editor and overseas correspondent. He has managed and led newsroom training and workshops for universities, government agencies, civic groups and private foundations, including expertise in post-conflict environments in Africa, the Caucasus, Middle East, and Balkans. Through intensive training that focusses on results and followup, working journalists improve their motivation and skills through practice and engagement with other professionals.
Training is based on a combination of individual coaching, mock and real-life exercises, field reporting and emphasis on international journalism standards.
The recipient of two Knight International Journalism Fellowships, Spence most recently received a U.S. Fulbright Specialists grant to teach in Ghana. While there, he assisted the African University College of Communications in launching its first student newspaper. He has also been selected by Freedom House’s international executives programme to provide newsroom management expertise in Algeria.
Spence has been a university lecturer in journalism in the Czech Republic, Armenia and Ethiopia. A published short story writer, Spence is a native English speaker and highly proficient in French, and has studied Amharic, Russian, Czech and German.
- Launched a student newspaper at the African University College of Communications, Accra
- Overhauled news content and coverage of the regional news and public affairs journal, Transitions Online (www.tol.org)
- Trained journalism trainers in Baghdad and Irbil in conflict and post-conflict reporting
- Established journalism internships for university students in Armenia
- Trained Ethiopian broadcast and print reporters in political and election coverage
CV, referees and list of clients are available by e-mail.