AT&T Supports Community-Focused, Multimedia Journalism Course in Brazil

Dec 142010

Sao Paulo - AT&T announced today a contribution of US$15,000 to the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) to support a course that will teach Brazilian journalists how to use digital tools to produce multimedia projects on topics of concern to local communities.

The program called “Digital Tools for Effective Public Service Journalism” is scheduled to start in January 2011. ICFJ will select 35 journalists based on the quality of their past reporting to participate in an online course. The ten participants who demonstrate the best multimedia skills will attend an in-person session in Sao Paulo.

"We are grateful to AT&T for its ongoing support of such an important program that helps journalists produce interactive coverage that resonates with local citizens,” said Joyce Barnathan, president of the International Center for Journalists.

“By giving journalists in Brazil know-how to adopt new multimedia technologies, they can play a leading role in the digital media revolution with quality reporting,” said Eduardo Farinelli, South America Sales Center Vice President of AT&T Business Solutions . "We are delighted to once again back ICFJ’s exciting program.”

This is the third ICFJ program that AT&T has supported for Latin American journalists. Past projects have delivered skills for leveraging digital tools to support community issues such as taxi safety and river pollution. AT&T funded a similar course run by ICFJ for Spanish-speaking journalists at the Digital Journalism Center at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico.