Free Voices: Bosnian students learn about freedom of expression

Free Voices: Promoting Freedom of Expression in Bosnia & Herzegovina is a new educational project that Mediacentar Sarajevo, a SEENPM member organization, is implementing in cooperation with Civil Rights Defenders.

The project will contribute to overall enhancement of freedom of expression in BH, through increasing awareness and capacities of journalism students, media professionals and wider public on violations of freedom of expression in BH.

The program targets journalism students from BH. They will participate in a training consisting of 5 main modules. They will learn what freedom of expression is, what the role of the media in protecting and promoting this right is, and what the current state of freedom of expression in BH and the region is. Additionally, the students will learn about video storytelling and production; open data and how to gain data from online databases; hands-on journalism in a multimedia online desk.

The training will be followed by an internship program for 6 selected journalism students from all BH Universities with Mediacentar’s media partners: Center for Investigative Journalism (CIN), portal www.zurnal.info and Radio Free Europe.

As another activity of the project, the Mediacentar’s website MC Online will continuously publish various content related to freedom of expression. The website is the leading online resource for education of journalist and media professionals.

At this point, the call for applications has been sent to students of final years of journalism studies. Deadline for application is 25 September. Selection criteria are based on their previous engagements in NGOs and / or media, basic computer literacy and quality of the storyboard for the selected topic related to freedom of expression which will be developed during the program.

More information on the program in Bosnian here.

Read short info about Mediacentar Sarajevo here or visit its website in English.

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