The Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) established in 1995 to promote media independence and professionalism through training of journalists received a grant of $109,392.85 from The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) to establish a training weekly newspaper. The overall goal of the project is to assist MIJ students in the evolution of professional standards in the media in Malawi by building the capacity within MIJ, support the weekly publication for public consumption as well as to enable MIJ to have a laboratory newspaper that would enhance the writing , design and other capabilities among the trainee journalists.
It is with this back ground that the MIJ launched an online training newspaper that OSISA has been supporting the Malawi Institute of Journalism since 1997 through
- Meet a demonstrable need that is compatible with one or more of the above 'Guiding Principles'
- Make a creative use of mass media – in particular radio and print – to meet such a need
- Are part of a broader strategy aimed at achieving one or more of the above 'Guiding principles'
- Are legally constituted and have transparent and / or democratic governance structures
- Promote the active involvement of women, young people and/or other marginalised members of society.
In so doing, the OSISA media programme seeks to work closely with regional and national organisations that are themselves directed by one or more of the above ‘Guiding Principles’, and / or which represent marginalised people - in particular women and young people - seeking to exercise their right to communicate.
Nonetheless, OSISA also will work independently of these organisations with individual projects that endeavour to break new ground in relation to the achievement of the above 'Guiding Principles'.
All initiatives receiving support from the OSISA media programme should seek to achieve tangible results within a given time frame, and that the achievement of these results will be the basis for evaluations of the initiative and the support it receives from the OSISA media programme.
The nature and scope of such evaluations will be agreed to by OSISA and the partner organisation receiving the support.
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