Professional training in Journalism

Proposed by the Federação Nacional dos Jornalistas (FENAJ)

The World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists, meeting in Angers from June 7th – 10th 2016,

believing that as communication and particularly journalism play an increasingly central role in the social construction of reality, aimed to serve the public interest and ensure people’s right to information, a journalist’s should solid and quality theoretical, technical, ethical and deontological training. New journalists must be trained and prepared to act professionally so as to be effectively able to fulfil the fundamental and important social role of journalism;

The increasingly younger newsrooms and other workplaces is another indication that professional training requires care and qualification to prepare young workers entering the journalism work market. They must be prepared to do Journalism with technical, theoretical and ethical quality. But also with capacity to intervene in this market, change it, safeguarding the dignity and respect of journalists and the quality, public interest, responsibility and ethics of Journalism. Only then can we, journalists, help protect democracy in Journalism, Communication and our nations;

Congress calls on IFJ member unions to:

  1. defend and promote campaigns forwidely available training in Journalism and also refresher and qualification training programs and projects to include courses and studies on gender and ethnicity issues; courses and discussions on labour union activity and labour
  2. contribute to related issues; courses and discussions on protection of journalists;
  3. implement programs and projects focused on these issues in order to prepare and qualify young journalists and to update the other segments of the profession.
  4. Promote collective agreements on professional training