Workshop for Young Journalists

This document has been made available in electronic format
     by the International Co-operative Alliance ICA
                     January 1996

         Workshop for Young Journalists from
              the Co-operative Movement

The Second Development Workshop for Young Journalists from the Co-operative
Movement was organised by the ICA Communications Department and the ICA
Communications Committee, with resource people provided by the ICA,
Co-operative Union, Co-operative Wholesale Society (UK) , Co-operative Bank
(UK), and Inter Press Service (Bonn office). The Workshop took place at the
Co-operative College, Stanford Hall, Loughborough and the CWS Training
Centre, Manchester.

It followed on the very successful  First Development Workshop for Young
Journalists which had taken place in Berlin in 1991.

The Second Workshop was attended by 14 participants from  Egypt, India,
Kenya, Poland, Romania, Russia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The ICACC
provided most of the funding for board, lodging and tuition, supplemented
by a grant from the European Union, and the provision of resource persons
from the UK Co-op Movement  and Inter Press Service .

The participants took part in two one-day workshops on writing and
communications strategy and also had sessions in interviewing techniques,
gender isues in communications, internal and external communications and
radio interviewing, in addition to daily evening sessions which were
dedicated to DTP training.

During the second week, the participants were able to put the new skills
acquired during the first part of the course into practice through the
production of daily bulletins for the ICA Centennial Congress in
Manchester, aided by experienced journalists from the ICACC and support
staff provided by the Co-operative Union.

The Workshop also included a Communications Seminar which mainly focused on
the Internet and electronic communications.  Audio-visual demonstrations
and lively discussions took place.

A second topic, how co-operative principles are good for co-op business,
focussing on the UK Co-op Bank's Ethical Policy, was also very well

After the Workshop, participants were asked to make an assessment of their
experience. All said that they  were extremely satisfied with the course
which they found to be very intense.

Most of the Workshop content was seen as new, useful and relevant to their jobs.

During the first week  the "Writing Workshop" and "Interviewing Techniques"
were judged to be the most popular courses.

The Communications Strategy Workshop on the last day in Loughborough was
also rated highly, with participants showing an extreme dedication to
reaching the end result, voluntarily working almost up to the minute they
had to leave the college for Manchester.

In general the participants were very appreciative of the work which was
conducted on their behalf and grateful to all the resource persons. They
all expressed their luck at being able to study in such a fine venue as
Stanford Hall and having the opportunity to attend the Centennial Congress
of the ICA.

A similar assessment was asked of the resource persons. These reported to
have been impressed by the cohesion of the group, the team spirit
manifested throughout the course and the enthusiasm, intelligence and
energy of the participants. There was a strong personal engagement
manifested by all the students to learning and working hard, essential
prerequisites for a successful experience.

Judging from the feedback  regarding the Congress Newsletter, this was very
well received by its readers. The three issues were judged to contain good,
straightforward reporting that covered well the multitude of events and
issues arising during the Congress week.


The Second Development Workshop was more of a success than the first,
having built on the experience gained in Berlin in 1991, and the ICACC
feels that the Workshops will go on improving as the Committee and the ICA
Communications staff  become more experienced in this domain.

The Committee and the ICA Secretariat both feel that there is a great need
for this type of training and would like to organise such Workshops at
least annually. However, it took the Committee, with its limited finances,
almost four years to save up enough funds to hold a second training course.

It is therefore, imperative to find additional funding if the human
resources available are to be exploited for the benefit of the journalists
and communicators from countries with relatively less experience in this

Any ICA member or development agency interested in sponsoring such a
workshop should contact the Secretary of the Communications Committee, Mary
Treacy, Director of Communications, ICA, 15 route des Morillons, 1218
Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland; fax (41-22) 798 41 22 or e-mail