14ymedio, Havana, 15 March 2016 — Five 14ymedio journalists will participate in a program organized by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in the United States, according to a statement released Tuesday. Over the course of a year, the independent Cuban writers will work in Miami media to learn techniques of storytelling (narrative), multimedia and reporting on the new direction of relations between the two countries and the impact on the inhabitants of both shores.
This initiative, which is supported by a budget of $110,000 awarded by the U.S. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, “will enhance coverage in both countries,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. “In particular, Cuban journalists can improve their digital skills,” she added.
“The historic change in relations with the island offers a unique opportunity for a valuable exchange between journalists and the creation of a network of learning among peers,” says Shazna Nessa, director of journalism for the Knight Foundation.
The Cuban journalists traveling to the United States will also participate in the International Symposium on Online Journalism to be held in April in Austin, Texas, organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.
The training will help 14ymedio to continue our mission to create and promote a new independent journalism in Cuba. What we learn in Miami is multiplied in Cuba, as we will impart that knowledge to the rest of the team in the country and future generations who will join us in developing 14ymedio. It will also be an opportunity to develop an active collaboration with media in the United States and other countries.