DURATION : FOUR MONTHS
COURSE DIRECTOR: Professor. Mukul Sharma
IIMC conducts a prestigious Diploma Course in Development Journalism for mid-career journalists from Non-aligned and Developing Countries. The course is organized under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and the Special Commonwealth African Assistant Plan (SCAAP) programmes of the Ministry of External Affairs. This course, which is of four months duration, is organized twice a year: from January to April and again from August to December every year.
- To upgrade the skills of journalists and to theoretically equip them to deal with the challenges they face in communicating about development and economic issues.
- To illuminate the linkages between development and communication.
The course objectives are achieved through adopting a pedagogical programme consisting of classroom lectures by the Institute’s own faculty, eminent scholars and media professionals; making presentations; undertaking practical assignments in association with professional organizations; and bringing out collectively a print journal Echo towards the end of the course. Study Tours and visits to development oriented NGOs form an integral part of the course, enabling the participants to relate classroom teachings to practical realities. The course curriculum includes inter-alia such issues as child rights, gender, the environment, trade, health, foreign policy and freedom of media. So far, the Institute has trained 1,597 participants from 125 different countries.