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Digital News Management

  1.   General
  2.   Public
The increasing uptake of the internet globally has seen a corresponding rise in its use a publishing tool. With this, the centuries-old traditional media landscape has witnessed a shift in both method...

The increasing uptake of the internet globally has seen a corresponding rise in its use a publishing tool. With this, the centuries-old traditional media landscape has witnessed a shift in both method of delivery and a democratization of publishing power.

To a large extent however, the processes, values and ethics that have been a part of the industry for centuries has not been passed on with the same rapid pace leading to abuses of the responsibilities that come with publishing and a marked difference in quality of output.

As online news media begin to gain dominance and their impact grows stronger, the need to ensure that that same ability is executed with professional responsibility has never been greater.

In addition, the characteristics of the audience that consume news online are somewhat different, shaped by the nature of the technology and the new culture of its users. This presupposed therefore that additional skills are required by professionals whose knowledge has been shaped by academic and field experience suited for traditional platforms.

OBJECTIVE

The International Institute of Journalism and Media Range Certificate in Digital News Management (CDNM) is a component of Media Range Ltd's Digital News Management Project (DNMP) which was conceptualized to create a generation of online content production professionals who will learn and apply the required skills for quality and ethical online content production and distribution. It is designed to enhance the practical skills of personnel operating within communication units of corporate organisations, newsrooms of whether strictly online platforms or traditional media houses with online editions (which are gradually becoming stand-alone editions too these days) or individuals managing social media platforms for self or others.

DNMP will address knowledge, professional and ethical gaps with a view to improving the overall quality of online content production in the country.

METHODOLOGY
The courses use a mix of interactive techniques, such as brief presentations by the facilitators and the participants, role plays (rehearsed and impromptu) individual and group feedback and post-classroom session online evaluation and mentoring sessions.

 

 

COURSE DATES

STREAM 1

May 4 - 6, 2017       

STREAM 2

Nov 2 - 4, 2-17         

EFFECTIVE BUSINESS WRITING (EBW 603)

  1.   General
  2.   Public
What this course is aboutEffective writing is a powerful tool in any environment.  This course is geared towards today’s professionals especially within the reality that solid writing skills are more ...

What this course is about
Effective writing is a powerful tool in any environment.  This course is geared towards today’s professionals especially within the reality that solid writing skills are more important than ever before.

Learn how to articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner that will allow your ideas to be better understood by your readers. Improve your professional writing skill by learning to select and use appropriate formats for your audience, use the correct medium and adjust your writing style accordingly, as well as identify your objective and communicate it clearly.

You will also learn to spot, correct and avoid the most common writing pitfalls, and gain valuable experience analyzing, writing and revising a wide spectrum of business documents. From a simple inter-office memo to a twenty-page business proposal, learn how to put good business writing to work for you.

What you will learn
-    Writing for a specific context, audience, and purpose.
-    Choosing the right level of formality for that context.
-    Choosing the right structure (or template) for the task at hand.
-    Writing jargon-free communications that are clearer and more concise.
-    Self-checking for content, structure, expression and style.

Who is it for?
 - Early or mid-career professionals who need to learn or improve their core skills in business writing.
- Technical people moving into managerial roles
- People returning to the workforce after extended leave
- Office managers wanting to adopt current best practice in their workplace.
- Communication team members
- All staff members involved in writing any form of material to be used within or by the organisation.

 

Business Writing Skills
•    Writing in business settings
•    Writing formal and informal reports
•    Writing presentations
•    Writing proposals
•    Writing blog posts

Editing Your Business Writing Effectively
•    Planning and organising your business writing
•    Style and language choice
•    Grammar and punctuation review

Professional Email Writing
•    General principles of professional email writing
•    Informal vs. formal style in email writing
•    Presentation of emails
•    Email writing etiquette

Editing And Proofreading Skills
•    Editing or proofreading: what’s the difference?
•    Basic editing techniques
•    Consistency and style – names, numbers, dates, capitals, terminology
•    Proofreading – the final check
•    Proofreading methods

Methodology
The courses use a mix of interactive techniques, such as brief presentations by the facilitators and the participants, role plays (rehearsed and impromptu) individual and group feedback and post-classroom session online evaluation and mentoring sessions.

 

COURSE DATES

June 22 & 23, 2017    

INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS (INC 601)

  1.   General
  2.   Public
What this course is aboutAn organisation’s success depends on the ability of its people to co-operate, collaborate and work seamlessly, appearing to the world as a single entity. This can be a major c...

What this course is about

An organisation’s success depends on the ability of its people to co-operate, collaborate and work seamlessly, appearing to the world as a single entity. This can be a major challenge. Pressures of time and money, internal structures, geographical distance, differing KPI’s and more – all serve as blocks to effective business relationship management and productive collaboration.

Also, to ensure that our people are aligned with the positioning and image of our company, our staff must buy-in on our image and brand before we can reach out to the external audiences like our clients, customers, investors and resources. Our staff are our brand partners and they need to be in part of the communications team. Participants will be exposed to critical internal communications keynotes.

This course, focuses on how to build trusted relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders that enhance an organisation’s relationship capital as well as platforms that can help achieve this. It also focuses on how the team can be harnessed to deal with crisis.

What you will learn

•    Building rapport, trustworthiness and understanding
•    Increase self-awareness
•    Identify and embrace different working styles and personalities
•    Understand who your stakeholders are – and the best ways to influence them

Who is it for?
-    Organisations that need to build long-term, trust-based relationships.
-    Team members involved in client and stakeholder facing work
-    Internal support functions whose effectiveness is dependent on the quality of the relationships they have with those they work with and support
-    Team members in the first few years of their internal communication career
-    Individuals considering a career in internal communication or are working in a related field (e.g. media relations, event management, CSR or public affairs).

Modules

Principles of Internal Communications
•    Strategic role of internal communications
•    Principles of change management
•    Rationale for investing in internal communications and business benefits

Effective Internal Communications - Employees as Your Ambassadors
•    Building Better Work Relationships: New Techniques for Results-Oriented Communication
•    Communicating Up, Down and Across the Organization

Internal Communication Platforms And Channels
•    Internal communications systems and processes
•    Internal projects and campaigns
•    Online internal communications: intranets, internal blogs, social media
•    Face to face: team meetings, staff events etc.

Responding to Conflict: Strategies for Improved Communication
•    Conflict and Criticism
•    Developing a crisis management team
•    How to structure a crisis communications plan
•    Managing Employees and Stakeholders
•    Making tactical decisions under pressure

 

Methodology
The courses use a mix of interactive techniques, such as brief presentations by the facilitators and the participants, role plays (rehearsed and impromptu) individual and group feedback and post-classroom session online evaluation and mentoring sessions.

COURSE DATES

May 18 - 19, 2017

PUBLIC SPEAKING (MRC 601)

  1.   General
  2.   Public
What this course is aboutConfident public speaking is an expected norm for today's executive. This course is designed to help team members become more effective and confident public speakers. We will...

What this course is about
Confident public speaking is an expected norm for today's executive.

This course is designed to help team members become more effective and confident public speakers. We will demystify the process of writing, practicing, and performing a clear and engaging speech, work through the unique traits of oral versus written communication, and learn how to prepare speeches that are easier to deliver orally and understand aurally.

One of the best ways to refine speech ability is through a close study of others' speeches. We will have a number of opportunities to examine and discuss sample speeches and speakers. Growing out of our analysis of speakers, we will discuss who can be held up as a model speaker and analyze what makes that speaker effective.

What you will learn

•    Design and deliver basic arguments clearly
•    Design and deliver informative presentations clearly
•    Design and deliver complex arguments persuasively
•    Speak confidently with appropriate rate, projection, movement, and vocal variety
•    Evaluate and critique speeches insightfully

Who is it for?
-    Top and mid-level management staff  
-    Team members with little or no public speaking experience who understand that public speaking skills are a key ingredient of success.
-    Managers, executives or team members with prior public speaking experience who need to improve and learn new methods for achieving greater success.

Modules

Introduction to Public Speaking
•    Becoming a Public Speaker
•    Managing Speech Anxiety
•    Analysing your Audience
•    The Importance of Listening

Preparing your Speech
•    Introductory speeches
•    Informative speeches
•    Persuasive speeches
•    Special occasion speeches

Ethical Public Speaking
•    Ethics and ethical standards
•    Avoiding plagiarism

Using Presentation Aids in the Speech
•    How to Turn Data Into Compelling Visual Presentations
•    Types of Presentation Aids
•    Functions of Presentation Aids
•    Tips for Using Presentation Aids

 

COURSE DATES

April 20 - 21, 2017

ICOM SHOPPING

  1.   Business
  2.   Private
This group is created for the purpose of keeping records of dealings regarding the shopping platform on Icom.

EPL Manics

  1.   General
  2.   Public
For lovers of the English Premier League
Here is where we discuss the heartbreaks and the thrills, throw taunts and jibes...all for the love of the game.

Funny videos

  1.   General
  2.   Public
All about funny videos...laughter is indeed the best medicine

Job seekers

  1.   Workforce
  2.   Public
This group has been set up to allow the creation of discussions by job seekers which include their competencies, qualifications and job interest categories. Recruiters/ Hiring Managers are encourag... This group has been set up to allow the creation of discussions by job seekers which include their competencies, qualifications and job interest categories.

Recruiters/ Hiring Managers are encouraged to check these out and contact the members individually in case they find a profile to be a good fit for your requirements.

Please note there is no cost for this and this is an additional benefit extended specifically for all the members within this group to help them find a job faster.
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