Public Health course introduced in Journalism
Public Health Journalism course is to be introduced to journalists and journalism students by the collaboration of two international organizations. University of Oxford has developed this three-month course and the same has been introduced at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Delhi. This course is open for students as well as working journalist.
According to the director of education and training, University of Oxford, Premila Webster, says, the certificate course Critical Appraisal Skills for Public Health Journalism and Communication (CASP), is provided to train journalists to enhance the veracity of their reporting skills.
Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India representative said, "We want the health issues, especially those related to women and children, to be reported in a fair and correct manner. So, the course was framed to train new as well as mid-career journalists." While addressing the topic of health journalism in India, he said, “The current quality of reportage on health may not be bad but there is always room for improvement."
Courses curriculum of this course will consist of classroom lectures and visit to the rural areas popular with public health issues.
"The course has been designed in a way that trainees acquire critical skills to check the veracity of facts given to them before they can report them in a newspaper or for a TV channel. This involves obtaining the best evidence, tracking the right source of information, critically appraising the evidence and contextualization of news," said Will Church, programme manager of the course at the foundation.