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  • Institute for the Advancement of Journalism: Writing Opinion and Comment
    The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ)

    The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) is an established media journalism and communications training institution based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The IAJ was set up by veteran South African editors and journalists to provide mid-career training to media professionals that is leading edge and relevant to the rapidly-changing media landscape. The IAJ is South Africa’s premier provider of journalism and communications short courses, longer-term mentorships, and residency programmes, with an African footprint and global reach through our international partners.
    IAJ is conducting a course Writing Opinion and Comment from 26-27 January 2015 in Johannesburg.
    The Writing Unit conducts training in written editorial content across the following platforms: newspapers, magazines, online, and mobile. The Unit offers short course skills training on Core, Advanced, Beat and Masters levels. Drawing on top journalism expertise, it offers consulting services and tailored solutions for clients, including training onsite and at the IAJ offices.
    Back by popular demand, Writing Opinion and Comment is presented by Denis Beckett. This two-day course is suitable for experienced journalists, columnists, bloggers and editors who want to vastly improve their ability to weave opinion into the news of the day, thereby enhancing their credibility and popularity. Join the ever-engaging, award-winning author, Denis Beckett for this unique opportunity.

    This highly interactive course will teach you to:

    • Improve the credibility of your comment;
    • Distinguish between fact, skew-view, comment and opinion;
    • Tread the line between gravity and levity;
    • Write for your passersby, and regular audience;
    • Find your strengths and use them to attract more audience;
    • Maximise readability;
    • Building a blog following; and
    • Balance quality and subjectivity.

    Time: 8h45 – 16h00
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    Event Start Date: 
    Tuesday, 26 January, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Wednesday, 27 January, 2016
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  • RNTC: Media Campaigns

    RNTC is a unique training institute for young and mid-career journalists, programme-makers, print and online media professionals as well as media trainers and senior managers. RNTC provides short, life changing courses in Hilversum, The Netherlands, as well as on the spot. It also provides tailor-made training for media organisations.

    Established in 1968 as a joint initiative of Radio Netherlands Worldwide and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, RNTC has gained considerable expertise in the development of media and in the role media can play in society, especially in the developing world and in so called countries in transition.

    RNTC is conducting a course on Media Campaigns from 9-27 May 2016 in the Netherlands.

    Media campaigns must steal the tools of advertising and other professions, and tell inspiring moving stories, if they are to be noticed, remembered and have an impact. This course covers everything you need to make campaigns with impact.
    This course is designed for experienced media professionals and for communications staff working for development NGOs whose task it is to design and run social action and development campaigns.
    Learning outcomes

    • To build confidence and competence in producing creative, powerful, persuasive media campaigns on any subject and in all media;
    • To enable participants to understand the theories of story, formats, creativity, learning, persuasion and audience mapping and start putting them into practice; and
    • To understand how to identify precise realistic aims and target communities and how to reach them with campaigns containing persuasive, engaging stories.

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    Event Start Date: 
    Monday, 9 May, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Friday, 27 May, 2016
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  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine: Introduction to Travel Health
    Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

    Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), founded in 1898, was the first institution in the world dedicated to research and teaching in the field of tropical medicine. As a registered charity, we work across the world, often in very difficult circumstances, to fulfil our mission of reducing the burden of sickness and mortality in disease endemic countries. It does that through the delivery of effective interventions which improve human health and are relevant to the poorest communities.
    LSTM is conducting a three-day course of Introduction to Travel Health from 8-10 February 2016 in Liverpool.
    A three-day course aimed at practice nurses, general practitioners and pharmacists with an interest in travel medicine, who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in carrying out travel health risk assessments and how to provide travel health advice. The course will cover the fundamentals of travel health and highlight any advances in the field of travel medicine.
    Time: 9h00 – 17h00
    Cost: £450
    Click here to download the application form.
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    Event Start Date: 
    Monday, 8 February, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Wednesday, 10 February, 2016
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    Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
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  • SA Urged to Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

    Ramaphosa urges South Africans to continue to test for HIV in order to achieve an AIDS-free generation

    Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has urged South Africans to continue to test for HIV in order to achieve an AIDS-free generation ahead of the World AIDS Day (1 December).

    Ramaphosa points out that, "We need to spread the word about prevention and encouraging all sexually-active South Africans to use condoms. We need to encourage people to test for HIV and TB [tuberculosis].

    He further states that South Africans need to ensure that all those who need treatment receive treatment and that they remain on treatment.

    To read the article titled, “World AIDS Day - Know Your Status,” click here.

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  • SA Does ‘About-Turn’ on Rights Defenders Position

    The South African government says it will support the resolution on the protection of human rights defenders when the matter is referred to the General Assembly

    The South African government appears to have done an about-turn on its position on the United Nations resolution on the protection of human rights defenders after voting against it last week, it now says it will support the resolution when the matter is referred to the General Assembly.
    The Department of International Relations confirmed that the country, which was among the 54 countries who did not support the resolution, supports the resolution despite initial concerns.
    The department raised concerns around the definition of a human rights defender, the responsibilities placed on sovereign parliaments and issues of non-governmental organisation funding.
    To read the article titled, “Govt does ‘about-turn’ on its human rights defenders position,” click here.

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