During the first month of the program, Kazancı said, 160-hours of theoretical and practical courses would be provided, while additional courses would be given at AA’s regional offices. Kazancı added that the program focused mainly on written news, photojournalism and social media. Program participants, he went on, would be provided with 23 courses taught by AA journalists on subjects including news writing, interviewing, exclusive news gathering, and photo-shooting techniques, along with new media, multimedia and infographics.
At the end of the program, participants who complete the training will be awarded certificates. “What I ask is that you love the job and carry it out conscientiously,” Kazancı said. “Follow all the courses seriously and carefully.”
Noting that news writing depended mainly on clarity, he said: “Americans are professional on this issue. I recommend you look at Turkish newspaper headlines from Sept. 12 . Then look at American newspaper headlines from Sept. 11 , after the attack on the twin towers [in New York], when they used minimum words to express maximum meaning.”
Kazancı added: “We, too, should use clear expressions when expressing ourselves. When you say something, know exactly what you’re trying to say.” Kazancı stressed that program participants should have a working knowledge about the situations in Jordan, the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Balkan region, among other things. “If Jordan doesn’t make sense to you, if you don’t know what the West Bank is, if you have no information about Alija Izetbegovic [Bosnia’s first president] and the Davos meetings, leave here immediately,” he said.
Completion of the program, he went on to assert, “is not a guarantee of employment [at AA], but we will choose the most promising participants from among you.” Kazancı concluded by congratulating successful applicants, saying: “I hope you all leave here with a working knowledge that you will make use of.” The training program, which will be carried out in AA’s conference hall, is slated to end on Nov. 20.
Final exams will be held after the first month of the program, while participants will be asked to take additional courses at AA’s regional offices. Assignments on written news and photojournalism will be carefully assessed and students’ progress will be closely monitored. Courses on offer to participants include applied interviewing techniques; crisis management in media; news-writing techniques; news language; legal criteria in news; photo-shooting techniques; photojournalism training; video processing techniques; exclusive news gathering techniques; new media technologies; AA marketing strategies; journalism sourcing; multimedia applications; infographics; and multi-language journalism.