Citizens not only from Goa but also from Delhi, Karnataka and Tamilnadu have shown enormous enthusiasm for the first Citizen Journalism Course which will begin in Goa on 12th November.
Eminent speakers from Goa and Mumbai will be a part of this three day workshop which is organised jointly by the JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism and Goa Union of Journalists. This is the first of its kind course on Citizen Journalism being conducted in India.
The workshop will be held at the Inspectorate of Factories and Boilers (IFB), Altinho, Panjim and will begin at 8.30 am on 12th November.
The certificate programme will focus on training citizen participants on understanding news, laws which impact citizen’s news gathering (civic laws, police Laws, consumer laws), right to information, press laws, writing and technology and issues pertaining to journalistic ethics.
Some of the eminent speakers for the course would be Goa’s Senior Superintendent of Police V V Chaudhary, Roland Martins, Frederick Noronha, Prakash Kamat, Aimee Gnsburg, eminent lawyers from Mumbai, Amit Karkhanis and Jamshed Mistry, apart from senior journalists Aloke Thakore and Shishir Joshi of the JM Foundation.
“We have had an overwhelming response to the workshop and we are trying to accommodate as many people as possible and had to relax the last date to enable late entrants to register”, Aloke Thakore of the JM Foundation said. The participation fee is ` 1500 for students and ` 3000 for others. This includes food and tea on all days apart from reading material for the participants.
To allow as many persons to benefit from the course, the organisers have made arrangements for last minute registrations on the 12th morning, only if the participants can reach the venue before 8.15 am. This is to enable registration formalities and ID Cards to be given to all participants.