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Radio training at the Media Resources and Training Center of the University of Jaffna, Sri LankaThese training modules have been put together to offer ongoing help to journalists in transition states, post-conflict countries, and areas where the media is still developing.

The only condition for using these modules is that you let us know if you spot any typos. Many have been written on planes, in departure lounges and in hotels and they may contain spelling errors.

Also, please credit Media Helping Media (or the author if it is a module written by a guest) with a mention and a link if you refer to them online. If you have a training module you would like to make available, please use the contact us form and let us know.


  • Basic journalism

    Interviewing at the Media Resources and Training Centre, Jaffna, Sri LankaThis section contains modules covering the basics for those starting off in a career in journalism. It covers what makes news, how to write a story intro and script, interviewing tips, fact checking, the public interest test and whether your journalism passes the 'who says' test.

  • Advanced journalism

    News meetingThis section contains modules covering advanced journalism training including how to avoid being manipulated, understanding the public service remit, some tips on how to run an effective news meeting and ensure you get the best out of your staff, and setting news priorities.

  • Editorial ethics

    Image courtesy of Toni Kaarttinen released under Creative CommonsThis section is all about journalistic integrity. It contains modules covering the every day ethical issues that journalists face in the course of their work. We look at what impartiality, integrity, fairness, taste and decency, offence, privacy, and accuracy mean to journalists.

  • Investigative journalism

    Note takingThis section contains modules covering investigative journalism. Many have been written by journalism trainer and investigative journalist Don Ray and cover how to understand an interview, read between the lines in complex documents and how to carry out a piece of investigative journalism.

  • Social networking

    KeyboradTraining modules for those wanting to use social media for networking, news gathering and news dissemination. Tips on how to use using social media aggregators and curation tools and how to participate in the global conversation in a way that engages users and uncovers facts.

  • Data Journalism

    Image of zeroes and ones taken by Chris McClanahan and released under Creative CommonsThis section features training modules taken from the Data Journalism Handbook. All the items here have been reproduced under Creative Commons. This site would like to thank the team responsible for producing the Data Journalism Handbook for making it available to all to reproduce and use.

  • Online and multimedia

    Online journalist, image by Media Helping MediaThis section covers the basics of online journalism, how to manage a news website, updating the site's home page, creating must-click content, attracting people to your site, encouraging them to stay and driving them deeper, adding value and multiplatform authoring .

  • Media management

    Media management training sessionThis section contains modules covering media management issues. It includes topics such as hiring staff and investing in them through training, setting objectives, establishing and managing a news gathering department and running a news agency.

  • Media strategy

    whiteboardThis section contains modules covering how to set up a converged newsroom delivering content to multiple devices, how to create a forward planning department producing original journalism, creating a social media strategy, going hyperlocal and running a media business.

  • Training of Trainers

    Students at the Media Resources and Training Centre, Jaffna, Sri LankaA collection of training modules for those who want to learn how to train others. The modules in this trainers of trainers (TOT) category cover the training cycle of research, design, delivery and evaluation. They also cover how people learn and include some tools that you can use in your training.

  • Exiled media

    exiled mediaThese training resources have been grouped in this section because they may be of particular use to journalists working in exile. They are written either by journalists forced to work outside their own countries or by those who offer journalism and media strategy training to exiled media.

  • Safety

    image of mobile phone user by laihiu and released under creative commonsThis section has been set up as a place where organisations offering safety advice and support can post articles outlining their services. It's hope this section will grow over time and offer a high-level view of what is available for journalists working in challenging situations with links through to free resources.

  • Development

    media developmentThis section of the site contains training modules for those involved in international media development. We look at media assistance and how to decide who to help, how media development could improve, and some tips for international media trainers working in post-conflict and transition countries.

  • Commercial

    The image of dollars on this page is by Keith Ramsey and released under Creative CommonsA new section that will contain articles on the commercial side of setting up an independent media organisation. If you have any articles you would like to contribute, please contact us so that we can talk through the idea. The aim is to help media organisations become independently financially sustainable.

  • Research

    Research image courtesy of International Institute of Tropical AgricultureA number of organisations that offer help in these areas have been invited to contribute some basic articles setting out some of the main points to bear in mind, with links through to longer articles or pages where more information about courses and services can be found.

  • Scenarios

    Image of woman thinking by Marcel Canfield released under Creative CommonsA collection of situations where editorial ethics are put to the test. These scenarios are a mix of actual and invented dilemmas of the type journalists around the world face every day. Links to modules are provided to help you decide on the most appropriate course of action.

  • Answers

    Image courtesy of Valerie Everett and released under Creative CommonsThis section is for answers to questions asked in some of the site's training modules. It is not meant as a collection of modules in itself, just as a storage place for the solutions to the issues raised in the articles on the site.

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