Friday, December 3, 2010

Backpack Journalist Boot Camp for Hispanic Journalists

Lideres Digitales: Creating a New Generation of Spanish-Language Multimedia Trainers

ICFJ will run a four-week online course for 50 Hispanic U.S. journalists. They will be trained on the latest trends in digital technology. Using the skills gathered during the course, the participants will develop a draft for a digital news project.

The 26 most outstanding students will be selected for a boot camp training session on "How to be a backpack journalist". Depending on their geographical location, the journalists will travel to either Chicago or Los Angeles, where they will develop their ideas for the digital news project. For three days, they will be trained on topics such as social networking for news, mapping, multimedia storytelling, reporting through mobile technology, and the latest trends in digital media.

After the boot camp, the journalists will return to their respective newsrooms, where they will finish their digital news projects and submit them for review. Eight winners will be selected to come to ICFJ's headquarters in Washington, DC and participate in a training session on "How to be a trainer". The two best trainers of the group will be sent to a national convention, where they will lead training sessions for other Spanish-speaking journalists in the United States, ages 18 and above.

The application deadline is January 17, 2011. For more information, please follow this link or e-mail

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