Dr Silvia Gaiani – Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Bologna, Italy
Our presentation will illustrate the main components of the project “Innovation Journalism for Change in Mozambique” . Such project - which is soon going to be developed as part of the Programme of Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation between Finland and Mozambique (STIFIMO) 2010-2014 - aims at involving Mozambican stakeholders in reporting and diffusing information on innovation systems at the national, provincial and district level and at making Mozambique the first African country to have well trained experts in innovation journalism.
Parallel to the web platform a course in Innovation Journalism will be established. The curriculum of the course will be designed in a way that will keep the local Mozambican context in consideration. Practical skills in visual, digital and multimedia journalism, news gathering and reporting, photojournalism and entrepreneurship will be taught in parallel with the development of the open platform.
The project will also involve 3 Community Multimedia Centers (1 from Northern Mozambique, 1 from Central Mozambique and 1 from Southern Mozambique) which are places – normally located in rural areas - where community radio is combined with telecenter facilities, offering training in ICTs, e-mail, Internet access and a large scale of services responding to development needs.
By the end of the project a workshop will be organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo and a prize in Innovative Communication/Innovation Journalism will be given to the most talented journalist who has distinguished himself/herself in the course of the training and for his/her contribution to the open/web platform.