Knight International Journalism Fellowships

India: Starting a Multimedia Institute in Delhi

Knight International Journalism Fellows Jody McPhillips and Dave Bloss -- along with students from IMII -- describe the training and curriculum at the new media institute they launched through ICFJ.

The International Center for Journalists and a group of prominent Indian journalists launched the International Media Institute of India (IMII), an educational center in New Delhi that marries cutting-edge hands-on journalism instruction with the highest international standards.

Aspiring journalists in India can now train in an 11-month digital media program that emphasizes the best professional practices. The International Media Institute of India started classes in the Delhi suburb of Noida in the summer of 2010 with 30 students.

The participants come from across India—as well as from Bhutan and Liberia. The classroom mimics a newsroom with students constantly reporting and publishing stories. Students learn everything from the fundamentals of newswriting and editing to podcasting and Web design. Courses are taught in English and Hindi.

The institute is run by ICFJ and its Indian partner, the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), a think tank of Indian journalists and policy affairs analysts. It is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Graduate School of Journalism of the City University of New York (CUNY) is providing curriculum support.

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