Digital Journalism Literacy and Community
Africa Journalism Community Learning System
Open July 4th, 2017
This document is to announce the development of a free, countrywide Somaliland-Somali digital Journalism Community Learning System (JCLS). This Internet educational community is designed to unite NGOs, government agencies and global resources with community educators for purpose of uplifting journalism in localized freedom of expression. The launch is forecasted by June 30th, 2017.
This document is a request for strategic partners that would be interested in offing training and support at a local level.
The JCLS will be achieved by integrating pre-existing applications in social networking, eLearning, YouTube with global content, organizations and African youth. This document states that the Chrysalis Campaign, Inc will self-fund the development of the launch of the system and project.
The JCLS will be freely available to all educators, schools, NGOs and government agencies without charge. Being a collaborative learning environment (because learning is a social process) we look forward to the JCLS unifying the efforts and projects of these agencies there strengthening both local peace and commercial development efforts.
We will leverage what we developed and learned in the launch of the UNESCO PPN seeded digital storytelling, workshops and cyber community “I am Africa. This is my story…” http://i-am-the-story.ning.com. We already have the interest of the international press, local Universities, and youth groups. The value of developing an independent JCLS is that all can collaboratively benefit from one system without one group dominating control of content.
Somaliland and Somali youth need digital literacy and professional grade Journalism training in order clearly research and publish the life of the African people. Organization’s need an economical curriculum and tools to enable their students and member on how to deliver positive and ethical journalism.
Providing a platform for social expression with a training program placed in a box all the tools needed for African youth to motivated by their own creative ideas.
Chrysalis Campaign, Inc.'s timeline is to have the phase one test prototype completed by 6/30/2017. The launch will be the following month.
Richard C. Close, CEO
Chrysalis Campaign, Inc.
We feel confident with today’s media technology, use of smartphones, tablets, and PC that we can quickly develop and launch an inter-country collaborative digital JCLS. That this social learning network is targeted at African youth digital journalism. This system would combine local problem solving, literacy and freedom of expression publishing all in one public access space.
The Journalism Community Learning System platform will also be a united place were all NGOs, youth programs and trade associations can learn and work together. We envision that this system can also be leveraged by country and private school systems.
Our vision is to launch in two areas in the Horn of Africa, including Kenya, and then replicate the campaign to other countries with additional funding.
Should we move into phase two field workshops it would include Field/online teacher workshops on digital literacy, curriculum development, digital storytelling, and localization. This would also include Action Research style of information gathering.