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Ohio University to provide media training to Indonesian broadcasters

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 24, 2006) -- An Ohio University project funded by a U.S. Department of State grant will facilitate an exchange between Indonesian and American journalists with the goal of raising professional standards in reporting issues of cultural and ethnic diversity and conflict by local TV journalists in Indonesia. 

The $248,000 grant will bring TV journalists from Indonesia to Ohio to study U.S. media and will allow a group of Ohio TV journalists to travel to Indonesia to learn how their counterparts there report on diversity and conflict issues. Ohio University's Center for Southeast Asia Studies, working with the Center for Research on Inter-Group Conflict and Conflict Management at the University of Indonesia as well as Indonesia's leading journalists' advocacy group, the Aliansi Jurnalis Independen, will select 18 participants for the program. 

The project will begin with a one-week workshop in March 2007 in Jakarta on conflict reporting, led by Ohio University journalism professor Mary Rogus. In late June, participants will come to Ohio University for a two-week seminar at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, followed by three-week internships at TV stations in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Zanesville. While in the U.S., each Indonesian journalist will produce a feature-length story on cultural and ethnic diversity and conflict resolution. The Indonesian journalists also will be engaged in the daily work of their U.S. counterparts.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.eduor Assistant Director for Communication and Graduate Programming Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu

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