A multimedia newsroom for the future takes shape in Georgia

Feb 9, 2012
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A new newsroom opening soon in Tbilisi will allow students a chance to have hands-on experience with their future.

The newsroom for producing content for print and broadcast journalism will be opened in a month with the support of the IREX/G-MEDIA through USAID funds. According to IREX, the aim of the Multimedia Education Centre (MEC) is to create a space for Georgian journalists and journalism students where they can improve their professional skills based on hands-on experience. Any journalist or journalism student will be able to plan, edit, and produce video and multimedia presentations in the newsroom. All the furniture is portable and thus can be moved depending on the needs of a journalist or a project.

The newsrooms will mainly be used by the students of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management (CSJMM) at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and students of journalism School of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

“It is a groundbreaking innovation in journalism education that would challenge many traditional solutions on how to organize classrooms, computer labs, studio and editing space, meeting rooms, technology, security, sound control, lighting to name a few,” says Robb Montgomery, an author of the MEC concept, multimedia journalist on the IREX blog.

Following is the video of Montgomery explaining the MEC.

http://vimeo.com/35712624


About the Author

Elza Ketsbaia

Elza Ketsbaia has served as Transition’s country manager for Georgia for three years. She is an experienced journalist with stints in broadcast journalism at Radio Ucnobi and the Georgian Public Broadcaster. She holds a master’s degree from the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management.
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