AusAID affirms support for USAID journalism project.

October 3rd, 2008 jen Posted in AusAid partners USAid, AusAID support for journalism project, Communications Technology, Friends of Suai News, News from Suai, Press Releases 1 Comment »

PRESS RELEASE DILI, Timor-Leste--On Wednesday, Sept. 24, officials from AusAID will sign an agreement providing an additional $500,000 in Australian dollars to the Strengthening of Independent Media Program in Timor-Leste, a five-year program with major funding from USAID. Journalists are invited to cover the ceremony, which will be held at 3 pm at the office of the International Center for Journalists in Bairro Formosa. AusAID acting counselor Jenny Darin and USAID country director Mark White will attend and take questions from the press. The ICFJ program works with Timorese journalists to produce and disseminate high quality news and aims to expand the reach of information to all citizens of Timor-Leste. The project also trains working journalists as trainers who teach in their own newsrooms and in classrooms across Timor-Leste. ICFJ's partners include leading local media outlets and journalism organizations working to improve news distribution and upgrade journalism standards, activities essential to helping the media community become more professional, self-sustainable, and capable of informing citizens about issues affecting them.
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