From a home office in New York City, the Independent Journalism Foundation's (IJF) main objective is to support the Centers for Independent Journalism in Eastern and Central Europe and Southeast Asia by providing operating funds; assisting with the recruitment of directors and trainers; reinforcing programs; and assessing results.
All IJF Programs are developed by the Centers through an active exchange of ideas and resources with the Foundation, the local media community and course participants. This open communication helps the directors to properly identify local and national needs, and to teach skills which, once put into practice, contribute to long term sustainability.
In addition to designing local programs, each Director manages a budget and hires local staff. At their request and with input from the IJF Board, IJF invites veteran journalists and media business managers to teach their skills and share their knowledge at the Centers. Visiting instructors teach or advise for up to nine months, IJF provides for traveling and housing allowances plus nominal stipends.
When approached, the Centers extend their expertise and resources to neighboring countries. Increasingly, the Centers are becoming hubs for media training for journalists from throughout the region.
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