Organization of American States Department of<br />Human Development
La Reinvención del Periodista. Respuesta al Reto de la Nueva Cultura Digital



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Programa de Becas de Desarrollo Profesional


“The Reinvention of the Journalist...Meet the Challenge of the New Digital Culture”




1)  VENUE:  CIESPAL, Department of Professional Training.  Address:  Avenida Diego de Almagro No. 32-133 y Andrade Marín, Quito, Ecuador.  Tel: 593-2-256-7966 or 593-2-254-4624 or 593-2-254-2383.  Fax: 593-2-250-2487.  E Mail: & 


CIESPAL:  Fernando Checa, E-Mail:

OAS: Mario Martínez y Palacios, E-Mail:


2) DATES                                 November 23, 2009 to November 27, 2009                                                                                                                           

3) COURSE DURATION:        One (1) week

4)  LANGUAGES:                    Spanish and English

5)  MODALITY:                       On site


1.      Identify trends in on-line journalism and review of experiences in the Hemisphere. 

2.      Review new developments of print media in a globalized world and technological changes.

3.      Identify the challenges facing print media and on-line journalism in the Hemisphere.

4.      Access and management of information technologies to accomplish communication objectives.

5.      Exchange of ideas and experiences among participants to improve the management of information and communication technologies.




? On-line journalism trends and its practices in Latin-America and the Caribbean

? The impact of new technologies, creating a new digital citizen.

? The devaluation of the role of reporters

? The disappearance of the paper and the agony of newspapers

? Rejection of the new hyper-informed citizens to filters and interpreters of the news

? The word raw material for journalists

? Challenges of the digital journalist in the Information Society

? Impact of Multimedia in journalism

? New approaches in the journalistic content

? Print media and globalization

? On-line Advertising: competition for print media?

? Investigative journalism

? Ethics: a backbone in the information field

? Profile of a Multimedia journalist

? Citizen’s journalism: a new experience for the Hemisphere

? Creativity and Innovation: the journalists’ response to the fast-paced paradigm shift in the media industry



Architecture of websites

Design and development of weblogs

New approaches to news coverage

Investigative reporting and use of on-line sources

Writing styles

Design of on-line newspapers

Investigative journalism

Editing, language and style in multimedia production


Methodology:  The seminar day will be conducted in two parts:

 Morning sessions:  Three general morning conference sessions with specialists discussing the topics on the agenda before opening up the discussion for in-depth analysis of the proposed topic.

Afternoon sessions:  These involve panel discussions with participants on issues surrounding television in Latin American and Caribbean countries and sharing of experiences based on the agenda topics.



1.      All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of an OAS Member state, except Ecuador that is the seminar host country (residents must send copy of visa). 

2.      Have good command of Spanish and/or English, with documentary evidence if neither is not the native language. 

3.      University training: must be journalism graduates in a discipline relevant to the seminar or have relevant experience of at least five years. 

4.      Profile: The course is designed for journalists or communicators, mass media representatives, various levels of public sector officials involved in the field of television or those who manage projects dealing with the issue, professionals from NGO’s and civil society organizations, teachers, researchers or graduate students.

5.      Must have health and accident insurance coverage abroad.

6.      Submit a duly completed request before the deadline established by the National Liaison Organization (ONE)[1]. The candidate is responsible for finding out the deadline set by the ONE in his/her country of residence.


10)   OAS SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION CRITERIA:  In accordance with article 4.2 of the Manual of Procedures of the Scholarship and Training Programs of the   OAS, OAS scholarships shall be granted based on the following criteria:

a.      the objectives and priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development;

  1. the training priorities of the member states;
  2. the merits and overall credentials of the candidate, including his/her academic and professional background;
  3. the financial need of the candidate; and
  4. An extensive and equitable geographic distribution for the benefit of all member states and that takes into account the greater needs of the smaller and relatively less developed economies.


  • All scholarship applicants must submit copy of the application, including all documentation required, to CIESPAL to the following address: Department of Professional Training, International Seminar “Reinvention of the the challenge of the new digital culture”:  Avenida Diego de Almagro No. 32-133 y Andrade Marín, Quito, Ecuador. Fax: (593-2) 250-2487.  E Mail: y    
  • The selected candidates must confirm their acceptance to the OAS General Secretariat Office in their respective countries and through the National Liaison Office (ONE) in order for the OAS to proceed with making the necessary travel arrangements to purchase the air travel tickets, economy class, round-trip, between their country of origin or residence and the study location or, if the scholarship is refused, to appoint another candidate.
  • The selected candidates must confirm their acceptance of the scholarship by signing and returning to DHD their completed “form of acceptance of the scholarship award” along with other forms required by DECO for course participation, including the participant questionnaire and preliminary project proposal; only after this has been done will the OAS proceed with the necessary travel arrangements to purchase the air travel tickets, economy class, round-trip, between the scholarship recipient’s country of origin and the study location
  • Upon selection, candidates must accept the scholarship by confirming their availability to follow the course during the period indicated and their acceptance of the duly provided conditions of study. 
  • Selected scholarship recipients are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa(s) to enter the country of study. The OAS will not be responsible for any costs related to obtaining visas.
  • Each scholarship recipient is responsible for arriving in time for the commencement of activities on the date established by the institution offering the course or program.   
  • If the scholarship recipient fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or change routes, after the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) has purchased his/her travel ticket, he/she will be responsible for paying the difference in ticket costs in order to arrive at the course site in time. The scholarship recipient will furthermore have to reimburse the GS/OAS the total cost of the airfare for his/her travel from his/her country of residence to the site where the Professional Development Course will take place and back if, after the ticket has been purchased, he/she declines the scholarship without written authorization from the Department of Human Development.
  • The latter includes any additional costs, if any, incurred by the GS/OAS, such as extra costs for accommodation during the scholarship recipient’s travel to and from the country where the course will be held. 
  • If the scholarship recipient declines, cancels or terminates the Scholarship after the course or program has started without giving enough proof to the OAS/GS, he or she must reimburse OAS/GS the total amount of incurred costs/expenses.


·         The OAS Department of Human Development will cover economy roundtrip ticket between the country of origin and the seminar host country, as well as an allowance for the participants to cover accommodation and food during the course.

·         CIESPAL will provide instructors and technical and operational support staff for the course; and will also help with facilities, materials and promotional and organizational aspects of the course. 



Please Notice:  If you were awarded an OAS Professional Development Scholarship in the past twelve (12) months or if you currently hold an OAS Scholarship for Academic Studies, you are not eligible to apply for another Professional Development Scholarship.


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Once the applicant has completed the online application form and submitted it, a copy will be sent automatically to his/her e-mail account. This completed form must be printed, signed and submitted to the National Liaison Office (ONE). This is a mandatory requirement. With all other forms (

All the additional forms must be completed electronically or in typewritten format.

The following is the list of National Liaison Organizations (ONEs) in the OAS Member states:


Please note that the official announcement is published in the Educational Portal of the Americas Web page at:


Any questions regarding submission of applications for this course should be sent to:



Fellowship awardees must plan to arrive in Quito, Ecuador, on November 22nd 2009.  The seminar ends on November 27th, 2009.  Participants are expected to leave Quito on November 28th, 2009.  The OAS and CIESPAL will not cover expenses incurred by participants who arrive before or leave after these dates; neither will they cover excess baggage expenses.



Quito is situated on the Andean plateau, at 2,810 meters above sea level.  Temperatures fluctuate between 9 degrees Centigrade and 22 degrees Centigrade.  During the week of the course, it will be winter, when it normally rains in the afternoon; hence appropriate winter wear is recommended.  Ecuador has a free foreign exchange market.  The currency is the U.S. dollar.





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