The Chisinau School of Advanced Journalism (CSAJ) is the first institution of its kind in Moldova. Launched in 2006 as a project (pilot) of the IJC in cooperation with the Missouri School of Journalism (US) and the Center for Professional Training of Journalists in Paris (France), it has since become an institution accredited by the Ministry of Education with over 100 graduates most of whom work for media outlets or in communication and media research.
CSAJ courses last 10 months and are taught by qualified instructors and by experienced and reputable Moldovan journalists. The compact and comprehensive curriculum was designed based on advanced programs for journalists and meets the highest journalistic standards of Europe and the US. The students are introduced to television, radio, print and online journalism, and the school’s advanced technical equipment enables them to also obtain skills in filming; editing; photographing; and writing and editing news, reports, interviews and investigations. Experts in economics, law, psychology, management and journalistic ethics teach them to analyze the secondary aspects of journalism whether it is children’s rights in the media, knowledge of legal provisions on defamation or understanding the difference between real economic reforms and ordinary populism.
The course ends with a four-week internship at a CSAJ partner institution: Pro TV, Publika TV, Ziarul de Gardă, Adevărul Moldova or Radio Free Europe among others. Many graduates choose to remain at these outlets at the end of the internship.
The goal of the CSAJ is to educate a new generation of ethical journalists with diverse technical skills. One principle is to provide equal opportunities for graduates in other fields including those from Gagauzia and Transnistria. The focus is on promoting honest journalism and discouraging plagiarism. Thus since the CSAJ was established, Moldovan media outlets have become more professional, balanced and open to topics of public interest.
For more details, see the webpage of the Chisinau School of Advanced Journalism http://scoaladejurnalism.md/