Bolivia: a hands-on training for journalists | DW Akademie

Definitely the photojournalism module has been one of the most dynamic of the training. We started by learning the basics of photojournalism because many of us don’t know that much about photography. Photojournalism is one of the fields underexplored in our medium. You rarely see photojournalistic works. I thought that photography was only about taking or showing an image but it acutally goes beyond that. Just like when you report a news story, photography must also inform the public. Many times what we learn in college is a lot of theory and now it’s practice. The training has helped me a lot to improve our digital. Uploading videos and audios is a thing we didn’t do before, our page was plain. For example, with the issue of Venezuelan refugees arriving in Bolivia, I have been able to contrast information and use technology to search for information. A majority of us journalists are afraid of economic reporting. Here, we were challenged to make a fairly broad economic note: a report on how much it costs to raise a child, for example, that was the subject I chose. What we need as journalists is to join in unions to fight for legislation to strengthen the issue of freedom of expression, freedom of the press and access to information. Many times we journalists will resign when a source will not give us the information we need. To be able to work collectively, that is what we need in Bolivia. Journalists need to take on new challenges. We have become very comfortable, we have reported superficially, we have not explored issues in depth and that is what is needed. We need that kind of journalism that serves society, that defends freedom of expression, and that fights, challenges power and is always after information.

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