AT&T Awards $30,000 Contribution to International Center for Journalists to Support New Digital Journalism Center in Guadalajara

Dec 32008

Online program provides Mexican and Latin American journalists with the latest digital skills to cover public-service issues

Guadalajara, Mexico -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced a $30,000 contribution awarded to the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) to support a three-week online training program at the newly created Digital Journalism Center at the University of Guadalajara. AT&T’s grant represents the first corporate support for this program, which launched in September.

This new center, a joint venture between ICFJ and the University of Guadalajara, is designed to educate Latin American journalists on delivering quality digital news to better serve the public interest.

AT&T’s sponsorship will allow the center to launch a new course called Digital Tools for Effective Public Service Journalism. Beginning in the first quarter of 2009, the course will combine online and in-classroom training on how to use the latest digital tools and techniques to cover key public-interest topics such as sustainable development, education and health in Mexico and throughout the region.

The participants will learn to conduct advanced online searches and build databases. They will gain skills in creating digital maps to better track social problems such as pollution sites and disease outbreaks. Journalists will produce an in-depth report using the digital skills learned.

“AT&T’s contribution will give Latin American journalists the tools, techniques and know-how to embrace the digital era,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. “This will make a huge difference in the quality of coverage in local communities throughout the region.”

Ten participants will be enrolled in the program. Journalists will be selected based on the quality of their work and their ability to immediately put to use the knowledge gained in the course. This three-work course will be taught by seasoned professionals with expertise in investigative reporting, database research and multimedia reporting. The course requires participants to spend a week in Guadalajara and take two weeks of online instruction.

“Our commitment to the region goes far beyond our business,” said Walter Bona, AT&T’s sales center vice president for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. “Being part of the Digital Journalism Center’s initiative is a way for us to contribute with Latin American professionals to be better prepared to report news in light of the increased globalization in communications.”

The AT&T contribution will cover travel, lodging, meals and transportation for the participants and trainers, as well as honoraria for the trainers.

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About The International Center for Journalists
ICFJ, a non-profit, professional organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition. Aiming to raise the standards of journalism, ICFJ offers hands-on training workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges to journalists and media managers around the globe.