Report: Hackademy training programmes 2012-13

The New Media and Web Radio fast-track training programmes were completed over a period of 16 working weeks (from November 2012 to April 2013), consisting each of 96 hours of classroom time in total. Both covered the same 72 hours of core courses whilst another 12 hours focused on the specific subject areas of journalism and radio respectively.

10 trainees enrolled for this first round of courses, which was taught by a total of 21 trainers and lecturers. The trainers, some of whom are professional journalists, while others are citizen journalists who specialize in the use of new media and others again are scholars, represent a wide scope of the circles of new technologies, journalism, media, communications and radio.

Of the 18 subjects covered in total by the two programmes, 10 were core courses taught in both and can be summarized under three main thematic cycles: [1] Technical issues - Internet, [2] Citizen Journalism and [3] Communications. The remaining 8 subjects covered specialized topics pertaining to journalism and radio.

The main training programme was complemented by four one-day seminars/workshops focusing on the use of social media and mobile devices for reporting, citizen journalism, intellectual property rights and digital rights. These workshops were followed by an additional 10 people (journalism students or professionals).

Furthermore, trainees participated in various practical activities related to their subject. Specifically, during the 16-week period, the following activities were held:
  • Organization and operation of a virtual newsroom,
  • Organization and implementation of research for journalistic purposes on the web,
  • Coverage of a live event with smartphones, including livestreaming,
  • Development of a news website, including embedded tools for live-blogging and livrestreaming,
  • Coverage of developments through social media (Twitter and Facebook),
  • Use of online collaboration platforms,
  • Filming, processing and uploading of videos on the Internet,
  • Design, editing and broadcast of radio news bulletins,
  • Development and editing of radio podcasts,
  • Design of weekly radio programmes.
Let us emphasize at this point that most practical activities took place outside the 96 hours of classroom time, thus increasing considerably the total training time. Some activities, for instance the organization and operation of a virtual newsroom and the archive search for journalistic purposes, continue to this day under the monitoring and supervision of Hackademy.

All in all, participants gained theoretical knowledge and practical experience in a wide range of topics related to Social Media

  • They learned about new professional and business models as well as new prospects linked to Web 2.0,
  • They gained practical knowledge of html programming and image/audio/video editing skills,
  • They learned about and applied dozens of internet tools (live blogging, collaboration tools, video editing & streaming etc),
  • They acquired in-depth insight on how to use social media for business or communication purposes.
  • They discussed case studies of established players in Citizen Journalism and Online Activism from Greece and abroad,
  • They learned about the fundamental principles of data journalism and communications in the sphere of New Media,
  • In the New Media programme, they were taught about the principles of reseach, deontology and journalism,
  • In the Web Radio programme, they developed skills in show production, presentation and programming, gained an understanding of the culture of podcasting and learned about the specificities of radio speech, with a particular focus on exercises for elocution and diction.

Now what?

The crucial question for anyone studying new technologies and innovative applications amid an economic crisis with high unemployment is this: how can these skills help with finding a job?

The Hackademy programmes for New Media and Web Radio were designed to give trainees an edge in a professional sector undergoing its own crisis, which is due, among other reasons, to its inability to make adequate use of new technologies. Because Hackademy gathered material from international universities and combined it with the experience of Greek professionals, it covers a need of our time and paves the way for new professional and business prospects. Hackaemy trainees who completed the 16-week programme can specifically seek employment or launch their own, personal endeavours, in the following fields of work:

  • News media,
  • Radio stations,
  • Corporate press and communications offices,
  • Communities, organizations, unions and NGOs.

These are examples of a work environment where they could establish new organizational models but also use the Internet and new technologies in an effective manner.

Next steps

The course material of these fast-track training programmes will be the backbone of an introductory booklet on New Media. Part of this material will be uploaded onto the Hackademy website and made accessible to the public in the coming weeks.

The second round of New Media and Web Radio training programmes is expected to start in October 2013. Plans for further workshops and seminars are also being planned and will be announced in due time.

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