The High School Journalism Education Program (HSJEP)

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and iEARN-USA recruited journalists from Oman to work as mentors in The High School Journalism Education Program (HSJEP).

The mentors had the chance to work as trainers in a high school in Oman, providing face-to-face and online guidance on quality journalism to educators, as well as facilitating summer internship opportunities for select students from each school.

As part of a two-week training program, five Omani journalists participated in a two-day training workshop that focused on Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) at Northwestern University in Qatar on June 7 and 8, 2009.

“[The workshop] was basically introducing a new form of reporting to Arab reporters,” said Hoda Osman, ICFJ’s in-the-field and online courses trainer. “[The participants] showed great interest and an eagerness to learn how to do CAR investigations.”

Throughout the two days, the course included a series of lectures, discussions and in-class exercises. The participants dedicated some time at the end of each day for a review of the day’s topics and questions.

As part of this program, ICFJ also developed an online course for the journalists who were unable to attend the training program at Northwestern University in Qatar. The goal was to adapt the face-to-face training program into an online professional development course for journalists. The course was offered in Arabic.