Nust, Harare Poly lecturers undergo multimedia training

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MEDIA and journalism lecturers from Harare Polytechnic and National University of Science and Technology (Nust) have undergone a five-day multimedia training programme aimed at enhancing their teaching skills.

NQOBILE NKIWANE

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco)-sponsored multimedia train the trainee journalism workshop saw 16 lecturers from the two institutions getting training on visual communication, video editing, and graphic designing.

The workshop which ended at Harare Polytechnic yesterday also covered issues related to data journalism and web journalism.

Brighton Nkala one of the participants said lectures needed to be up to date with technological changes to enable them to equip students with the necessary skills needed by the industry.

“We have realised the need to improve our technical skills in line with the changes in the techno-sphere,” he said.

Nkala said Harare Polytechnic had a long-standing relationship with Unesco.

“Unesco funded the purchase of training equipment for the digitalisation of the poly studios which cost over $2 000,” he said.

The workshop is a follow up of a series of previous capacity building workshops held at the institution since 2010.

Another lecturer Brian Nkosana said they have been given much insight into what data journalism was about.

“It is something we were not looking into and the students will benefit much from us after this,” he said.

Dr Eric Mazango from Great Zimbabwe University, who facilitated the workshop, said the training was meant to help participants appreciate the importance of multimedia story-telling, digital skills in journalism practice, news work and reporting in the advent of new convergent digital technologies.

Unesco has been supporting journalism schools in Africa to update their journalism curricula to suit the times and meet changing needs.