JOCID intensive course 2013, by Abel Gayvolor.

Photo: Abel Gayvolor

Journalism fo Civic Involvement, Democracy and Development (JOCID Network IV)

Coordinator Turku University of Applied Sciences
Contact details

Susanna Pyörre, susanna.pyorre(at)
Pia Alanko, pia.alanko(at)

Budget127 900
Duration 6/2013 - 8/2015
Academic field Media and Communication
Funding since 2007


Ghana Institute of Journalism, Ghana
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia
University of Iringa, Tanzania

Brief Description:

JOCID Network has cooperated since 2007. Many years of JOCID cooperation within the framework of the North-South-South programme have proven to be very successful and fruitful, and the partner institutions of JOCID are very committed to continue the cooperation. Project has already gained some remarkable results especially in supporting the African partners in their endeavors to build functional radio studio facilities and to start student radio activities.

The objectives of JOCID IV are:

  • To identify meaningful pedagogical practices and easy access technical solutions in order to enable the integration of cross-media education in the curricula and education of the southern partners.
  • To provide new tools for civic involvement and participation.
  • To develop new practical teaching methods, adjustable to the resources and infrastructure of the southern partner HEIs.
  • To disseminate the results and promising practices within the partner institutions as well as to other higher education institutions and NGOs interested or involved in development cooperation.
Funded Activities
Number of Teacher Exchanges: 9
Number of Student Exchanges: 15
Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetings: 3
Number of Intensive Courses: 1

Brief Description of the Intensive Course(s):

The two weeks intensive course will be organised in the Univeristy of Iringa in November 2014.
The theme of the intensive course will be Digital Storytelling.

Brief Description of Possible Dissemination Measures:

The dissemination measures of JOCID IV are the web site, publication and dissemination seminar.

The dissemination seminar will be organised at the Polytechnic of Namibia in May 2015. The dissemination seminar will be followed by practice oriented workshop and the seminar will present the results of the workshop, but also the results from previous JOCID intensive courses and exchanges.

The JOCID Publication about the results, promising practices and experiences from the JOCID Network activities will be published in spring 2015. The writers of the compilation of articles will be both teachers and administrative personnel of the Network but also students who have participated in the project activities through student exchange or intensive course.

The idea of the JOCID Network web site is to be a window presenting the project activities and results for anyone interested.

Challenges that Have Been Overcome:

The main challenges of JOCID cooperation have been in communication and orientation.
After many years of collaboration the partners know each other quite well. Since many lecturers and staff members have participated in JOCID exchange, the project is well known in the departments involved, which makes the cooperation much easier than during the first years of JOCID. This enables innovative, concrete and effective developments in project actions.

Both northern and southern partners have put more emphasis on the orientation of the out-going exchange students and lecturers. As the result the arriving students and lecturers have been more prepared to the change of culture and climate and especially the students have integrated in the surrounding society (not only to the society of other exchange students) quite smoothly both in north and south.


Experiences from the intensive course, an article on Embassy of Finland, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania website (in Finnish)

How to train journalism students to think globally, Customer Magazine of TUAS