• Download “Shaping the Perspectives of Future Journalists” for free




    You are able to download the fresh publication of JOCID for free from TUAS virtual book store.

    Shaping the Perspectives of Future Journalists (eds. Susanna Pyörre and Pia Alanko) details the Journalism for Civic Involvement, Democracy and Development (JOCID) Network´s concrete actions. The Network´s most definitive goal has been to develop up-to-date journalism training in its partner universities.

    The publication presents the context, experiences and the results of the JOCID Network activities. One aim is also to inspire and help those who are working on or planning to do something similar in international education projects.



  • In The Frontline for Freedom of Speech -seminar


    Journalistien vastuu sananvapauden toteuttajina ja puolestapuhujina kasvaa. Mikä on meidän yhteinen globaali vastuumme? Miten vastaamme vihapuheeseen ja disinformaatioon?


    Turun AMK ja Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu toivottavat sinut lämpimästi tervetulleeksi


    Torstaina 5.11.2015, klo 10.00–15.00

    Eurooppasalissa (Malminkatu 16, Helsinki)

    Tervetuloa kuuntelemaan ja keskustelemaan sananvapaudesta meillä ja Afrikassa. Paikalla on alan tutkijoita sekä asiantuntijoita Suomesta, Ghanasta, Namibiasta ja Tansaniasta. Puhujina mm. kansanedustaja Pekka Haavisto ja Juha Rekola (VIKES). Seminaarin lopuksi pidetään paneelikeskustelu otsikolla Don’t shoot the messenger! Who’s the messenger?


    10:00 Seminaarin avaus
    10:15 Sami Huohvanainen: JOCID – project
    10:30 MEP Pekka Haavisto: Global responsibility for Freedom of Speech
    11:00 Juha Rekola (VIKES): Finnish Press Freedom and Journalism Ethics as Exports
    11:30 Emily Brown:  Freedom of Expression and Culture: the Case of Namibia
    12:00 Aloyce Mohamed:Challenges facing Journalists on the Freedom of speech-Tanzanian Media Experience


    13:00 Kodwo Boateng: Media Diversity, Inclusiveness and Sustenance of Democracy: Reshaping the Media Landscape in Ghana
    13:30 Matleena Kantola: Hate Speech vs Democracy in Finland
    14:00 Panel discussion: Don’t Shoot the Messenger! Who’s the Messenger
    Participants: Matleena Kantola, Jussi Pullinen, Juha Rekola & Rosa Kettumäki

    Seminaari on maksuton ja sisältää lounaan. Ilmoittauduthan mukaan pian, viimeistään 28.10.2015 mennessä tämän ilmoittautumislinkin kautta http://goo.gl/forms/xl80XZvfeV

    Journalists’ are increasingly responsible of putting freedom of speech in practice. What is our global responsibility of freedom of speech? How do we respond to hate speech and disinformation?

    Turku UAS and Metropolia UAS cordially invites You to


    Thursday 5 November 2015, 10 am – 3 pm

    Eurooppasali (Malminkatu 16, Helsinki)

    In this seminar we discuss about freedom of speech and the responsibility of its implementation in global context. Speakers are academics and professional journalists from Finland, Ghana, Namibia and Tanzania. Researchers and specialists are there to discourse the matter and a panel discussion Don’t shoot the messenger! Who’s the messenger? will be held at the end.

    The seminar is free of charge and includes lunch. Please RSVP by 28.10.2015 with this form: http://goo.gl/forms/xl80XZvfeV


    Lisätiedot/For further information please contact:

    Sami Huohvanainen, Senior Lecturer, Metropolia UAS, sami.huohvanainen (a) metropolia.fi, +358 40 334 9678


  • Challenges for African and European journalism



    From left to right the speakers:

    Zakaria Tanko Musah, Simon Berege, Kodwo Boateng and Hugh Ellis.


    ‘’If you can’t write freely and if you can’t speak freely in your country, you can be sure that you are living in a very primitive country!”  This quote said by a Turkish singer, summarized perfectly the aim of the African media – Diversity and Freedom of Expression -seminar, which was held on the 6th of March in Turku University of Applied Sciences.  Nowadays we think that we have a very modern world, but when it comes to journalism, there are certain things that are still conservative/ primitive. The speakers of the seminar told the audience which challenges they see for the journalism in the African countries.

    Ban the newspaper ban

    A law that forces newspapers to register themselves, otherwise they are banned. It may surprise you, but this law exists in the country of the first speaker, the Tanzanian Simon Berege,  Lecturer of journalism at the University of Iringa. According to him there are several laws in his country that infringe the freedom of expression. A  famous law is the Newspaper Registration Act from 1976, which empowers authorities to register or ban publications ‘’in the interest of peace and good order’’.

    Happily there is a challenge for the Tanzanian newspapers with the rise of the popularity of the internet.  Nowadays more than 10 million Tanzanians use the internet and there still isn’t a law that oblige online newspapers to register themselves. That actually means that via the internet, the freedom of expression can be maintained and the internet is also important to provide the Tanzanians a wide range of different newspapers. Suspended newspapers in Tanzania go immediately online, because there they can freely publish their opinions.

    Wanted: more powerful women

    When it comes to gender, there is still a huge gap, because women in the African media, but also in the European media are often invisible. In hard news, for instance economics and politics, you will not see that often that journalists have chosen to interview a women as an expert. The representation of women in the media is often stereotypical and degrading. Women are seen as decoration or sexual objects.


    Doctor Pirita Juppi, the principal lecturer in TUAS, researched this gender gap on behalf of the Media Council of Tanzania while she was working at the journalism department in the University of Iringa. She explained that the research group in the University of Iringa found some solutions how this gap might be fixed.  Firstly, there should come more women in powerful positions, because that would encourage other women to speak as well freely in public.  For the journalists, there will be more powerful women they can interview. Journalists should also expand the network of their sources and list more women. Women  should be approached in a new, different way, because in the history they have been treated unfairly and disrespectfully by journalists and media. This has resulted in distrust towards journalists among women. For instance, a gender policy in media houses could improve the current situation.

    Who is responsible of freedom of expression?

    Regarded as one of the most free countries in Africa when it comes to the media is Ghana. Mr. Zakaria Tanko Musah, who works in the Ghana Institute of Journalism as the head of the print journalism department,  tells it not without any pride, but there is also the reverse side of the coin. Even for a media free country like Ghana there are some challenges. There are people in Ghana who take the freedom of expression as unfettered. The uprising question is: Who is responsible for dangerous or false information? According to Mr Musah, freedom of expression is a fundamental right, but it has to come with responsibility. How  that balance should be drawn is not an easy call and it’s a challenge how  to figure out where that balance is.

    Other things that should be changed in Ghana, are the facts that media personnel is poorly paid and the fact that there is political ownership of the media houses. In the first case, when a journalist receives a very low salary, it exposes him to a lot of ethical dilemmas like bribery and self-censorship. This problem can be solved by introducing a fixed, fair salary for journalists and their colleagues. With the national politics as owners of the media houses, you can also expect some problems. It polarizes the country and the politicians can easily spread the censored type of information they wish.

    Awareness of the media power

    The two other speakers explained the audience the meaning of some interesting concepts. The Namibian lecturer Hugh Ellis is a supporter of increasing the media literacy. Briefly said, that concept means that people are aware of the media’s power to influence the public opinion.

    Speaker Kodwo Jonas Anson Boateng, senior lecturer at Ghana Institute of Journalism,  kept going on about the diversity and pluralism in the African media. Media pluralism refers to the existence of a wide range of media outlets. Diversity complement the story of Ms. Juppi, because diversity means that there should be more different opinions in the media. You can think about for instance: more female interviewees, people from different ages and minority groups. Despite the fact that the speakers were talking about the current situation in their country, some of the challenges can also be adapted in European countries. Collaboration and exchange of information would be a challenge for both continents in the future.


    Text and photos by Claudia Dominicus

    (journalism exchange student from Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool, Belgium)

  • Listen to podcasts: Freedom of expression in Africa and Finland


    Diversity and freedom of expression in African and Finnish Media, part 1

    Diversity and freedom of expression in African and Finnish media, part 2

    Whose voice is heard in media? How has the social media effected the consuming of media and what kind of an effect has the social media had on journalists and other medium?

    These topics are under discussion by three journalism experts, lecturers  Dr. Pirita Juppi (Turku University of Applied Sciences), Hugh Ellis (Polytechnic of Namibia) and Simon Berege (University of Iringa). They are interviewed by Vesa Siltanen, who studies journalism in Turku University of Applied Sciences.

    The program is made during the African teachers´ teacher exchange in Finland. It is part of the series of podcasts “Tiskin alta” produced by TUAS Arts Academy.


  • Best Practices in Covering Africa -seminar 9.-10.3.2015 in Metropolia UAS

    What is the story behind African media stories? How do I find independent and objective information from Africa? How do I report from Africa?

     Journalism for Civic Involvement, Democracy and Development (JOCID) -project organizes 2-day seminar and workshop titled

    “Best Practices in African Coverage”


    In Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
    Hämeentie 161, auditorium
    On Monday 9.3 13:00-17:00 and
    Tuesday (workshop) 10.3.2015 9:00-15:00

    The seminar is targeted for journalists and journalism students. Speakers come from Finland, Ghana, Namibia and Tanzania.

    Speakers are journalists, journalism university lecturers and representatives of Finnish Union of Journalists.

    Target of the seminar is to cover characteristics of diverse African media, state of freedom of speech in different parts of Africa and give participants guidelines and tools for any current or future news coverage.

    The seminar consists of keynote speeches and lectures on Mon 9.3. and a workshop on Tue 10.3.2015

    Participants of the workshop will produce a news piece in small groups. These news pieces will be reviewed by professionals.

    More information from Sami Huohvanainen (lecturer, Metropolia UAS) +358 40 334 9678 or sami . huohvanainen (a) metropolia . fi

    Seminar is free. Please register at http://bit.ly/jocidregistration by 2.3.2015

    Please note also that there is another seminar with similar content in Turku UAS in 5.-6.3.2015


    Monday 9.3.

     13:00 opening, Sami Huohvanainen, Metropolia UAS
    13:15 Juha Rekola, Vikes: Third World Journalism in Finland Now
    13:30 Zacharias Tanko, Ghana Institute of Journalism: Freedom of Expression in Ghana
    14:15 Simon Berege, University of Iringa: Freedom of expression in Southern Africa

     Coffee Break

     15:30 Hugh Ellis, Polytechnic of Namibia: Media Literacy in Southern Africa
    16:15 Risto Uimonen, Council for Mass Media in Finland: Freedom of Expression in Finland
    16:45 Kodwo Boateng, Ghana Institute of Journalism, Media Pluralism and Diversity in Ghana

    Tuesday 10.3

    9:00 Workshop assignment
    9:15-12:00 Working in groups

    Lunch (at cost, not included)
    13:00-15:00 Presentations and Feedback Discussion
    Sami Huohvanainen, Zacharias Tanko, Simon Berege, Hugh Ellis

  • Digital stories from Iringa


    The intensive course in the University of Iringa collected 21 students from Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania and Finland to learn digital storytelling. Mr. Simon Berege, the journalism lecturer and the coordinator of JOCID in the University of Iringa, welcomed all the participants to the course “Digital Storytelling as a Journalistic Tool“.


    During the course the students studied how to make digital stories by using audio and still pictures. The students were divided into intercultural teams and altogether five digital stories were made during the course.


    The stories concern local current topics, but with an angle that also interests the global audience:

    The story of Titus Mbwawa

    Traditional Birth Attendant in Tanzania

    Use of traditional medicine is popular in Iringa

    Water pollution is a health problem in Iringa

    The participants were also lucky to receive two honor guests:  Ms. Nora Stenius from the Finnish Embassy in Tanzania and professor Nicolas Bangu, the vice chancelor of the University of Iringa. Stenius and Bangu took part in the feedback session of the final digital stories.


    The course in Iringa was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to Finnish students Lotta Lybeck and Nella Rahkonen. They wrote a blog of their experience: JOCID-matka Tansaniaan.


    Reflections of the intensive course, photos and thoughts, are also published in the JOCID Facebook page.


  • The Finnish students on their way to study in Tanzania

    JOCID organizes an intensive course “Digital storytelling as a journalistic tool” in the University of Iringa in the beginning of November. Nella Rahkonen and Lotta Lybeck are students from Turku University of Applied Sciences, who are preparing their trip to Tanzania. You can read their blog from here (both in Finnish and English): Nella ja Lotta Tansaniassa

    The intensive course gathers students and lecturers from all of JOCID´s partner universities to study together.

  • JOCID organized a radio workshop for the volunteers of Radio Hope in Iringa

    Short audio documentaries were produced during the workshop for the volunteers of Radio Hope, the radio station of the University of Iringa. Around 40 journalism students learnt the basics of radio work: recording and editing good quality sound, interviewing for radio and producing short audio documentaries.

    The radio workshop was instructed by Ms. Pia Alanko, a journalism lecturer from the Turku University of Applied Sciences. The workshop was part of her teacher´s exchange.

    The University of Iringa also hosted three exchange students from Turku University of Applied Sciences. Jenny Mäkinen, Nina-Maria Heinonen and Anni Pajari spent almost four months in Iringa studying journalism. They also assisted in teaching recording and editing sound at the radio workshop.

    Listen to the stories made during the course from JOCID´s YouTube account.


     Jenny Mäkinen is tutoring how to use the audio recorder. The students made some recording exercises outdoors.



    The first exercises were about radio interviewing.



    Nina-Maria Heinonen (left), Anni Pajari and Jenny Mäkinen lectured about how to use Audacity editing software.



    These are the new volunteers of Radio Hope on the last day of the radio workshop.



    The workshop was tailored according to the needs of the radio station. Radio Hope´s station manager Crispin Nyomoye (left), journalism lecturers Pia Alanko and Simon Berege and the exchange student Nina-Maria Heinonen at the first meeting before the course started.


    The workshop was organized 25.3.-3.4.2014.

  • JOCID Weeks: Journalism of development

    Development journalism was the theme of the JOCID Weeks in Turku University of Applied Sciences in the beginning of March.  The course “Newswriting – Focus on Development Journalism” brought the African JOCID exchange students, the Finnish journalism students and the ERASMUS students together. During the two weeks the students also explored the theme in practice.

    The course focused on the concepts of development in communication and journalism. There are different perceptions on the concept of development when it comes to the developed and developing world. One is the concept of development for the developed (first world) and the other the concept of development for the developing countries. Finnish language lacks an equivalent word for “development journalism”. Instead, the concept of “kehitysmaajournalismi” (literally “developing country journalism”) is used in the journalism profession, education and research.

    It has a slightly different connotation compared to development journalism. It is journalism about developing countries, rather than journalism dealing with development issues or aiming at facilitating social change. It also refers to journalism published in Finnish media – or in other Northern countries – and as such excludes journalism produced and published by the media in developing countries. (Read more: http://kulmakivi.ning.com/page/learning-module-3-journalism)

    The course was taught by the JOCID exchange teachers: Ms. Bertha Amakali, Deputy head of department from Polytechnic of Namibia, Mr. Geofrey Aloyce, Head of journalism department from University of Iringa and Mr. Kodwo Boateng, Acting dean from Ghana Institute of Journalism.

    Read the articles of development in the web publication Tutka: http://tutka.pro/?cat=1048



    The journalism students worked in international teams. The participants came from Belgium, Finland, Ghana, Namibia, Netherlands and Tanzania.



    The students produced articles about development using the cross media elements: text, video, audio and photos. 



    The two-week course was combining lectures of development journalism and practice: each student team was working on their own articles.



     The exchange teacher team: Mr. Godfrey Aloyce (left), Mr. Kodwo Boateng and Ms. Bertha Amakali. The course was also a new experience for the teachers: they were co-teaching together for the first time.



     We made it! Last day´s group photo. The articles are here: http://tutka.pro/?cat=1048