Throughout this program, journalists produced and disseminated online news videos about Malaysia’s several religious and ethnic communities through the prism of coverage of human rights, religious and ethnic tolerance issues. Hands-on workshops were held that focused on reporting skills and the production of video news content. The workshops' aim was to equip journalists with the knowledge, technical skills and networks necessary for them to address issues of importance. Courses included citizen journalism, scriptwriting for documentaries, video editing, and using video cameras.
The best of participants’ news videos were distributed through Malaysiakini, an independent Malaysian news Web site. From 2008 to 2010, ICFJ and Malaysiakini conducted 16 training sessions for more than 200 citizen journalists. They are doctors, lawyers, marketing professionals, students, and retirees. At the conclusion of the program, their 839 videos had been viewed 5.8 million times.
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