Caribbean journalists, both practising and prospective, can still apply for The University of the West Indies Certificate in Journalism programme.
The launch of the new one-year, full-time programme, which was originally announced for January 2011, has been postponed until September 2011.
The new deadline for applications is March 2011.
The Certificate in Journalism is designed for beginners and for practising journalists who want to be prepared to perform more effectively in a 21st Century media environment.
Programme coordinator Patricia Worrell said that the decision to postpone the start of the programme was made after several applicants expressed concern about the originally proposed start date.
“We received numerous phone calls and e-mail messages from prospective students, and we realised that many were telling us how difficult it would be to make the necessary arrangements in time,” Ms Worrell said.
She added that the new start date would coincide with most other full-time programmes offered by The University of the West Indies.
The Certificate in Journalism programme is GATE-approved.
It includes nine compulsory courses:
Fundamentals of Journalism, Media in Caribbean Society, Law and Ethics for Journalists, Interviewing as Art, Science and Culture, Reporting the News: Telling the Story, Telling the Story II, Presenting the Story, Introduction to Investigative Reporting, Project in Investigative Reporting.
As an elective, students will choose between Journalism and Business, and Introduction to New Media Technologies.
Candidates who are accepted partly on the basis of their professional experience will be expected to present a portfolio of at least six pieces of their recent work and to have at least five years work experience as practising journalists and at least five years secondary education, with a minimum of three passes in CXC CSEC examinations, at the General Proficiency level.