Digital Competences for journalists
Digital technology and modern marketing are changing journalism as profoundly as the telegraph and the television did. Today’s journalists are thus operating in an increasingly complex media environment requiring an understanding of and ability to operate across, multiple production platforms using multiple communication technologies.
The upgrading of skills and competencies of journalists is clearly a crucial need not only for journalists entering the market, but especially for the journalists that have started working in the time before the digital revolution of the news media market in the past 10 years.
The European project Media Hackers started out in October 2012 with the aim to provide a flexible and basic training for journalists so that they are better equipped to cope with the new technologies. In other words, the initiative is developed to enhance digital media competencies to journalists working in all media sectors by providing specialized training courses for new/cross media skills in Cyprus, Germany, Greece, and Romania.
The Media Hackers project is co-funded by the European Commission (Education and Culture DG, Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union) and implemented by eight (8) partners in six (6) LLP countries (i.e. Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Romania, and the Netherlands) representing the journalist, media education, VET as well as the consulting sectors. The project Kick-off meeting took place in Athens, hosted by the Project Leader Militos Emerging Technologies & Services, in October, 22 & 23, 2012.