The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), along with the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the UNICEF, has introduced a free online course for critical appraisal skills (CAS) for healthcare journalists.
The launch coincides with the World Immunisation Week being observed worldwide from 24 to 30 April.
The course has been launched in the backdrop of UNICEF’s Every Child, Alive campaign which focuses on reducing newborn mortality, ensuring that every child is alive and healthy in the days, weeks and months after birth.
Available for entry and mid-level health reporters, the course aims to enhance capacities of media professionals to generate factual and non-sensational reports, according to an official communique of IIMC.
The course provides a specialised set of skills and competencies to the journalism students and enables them to research and analyse health-related information for credibility and relevance thereby improving the accuracy in reporting, according to IIMCs Director General K G Suresh.
With this initiative, we are training Indian journalists to apply the Reuters principles of accuracy and impartiality to their reporting on immunisation and mother and child health, said Thomson Reuters Foundation Director (Journalism and Media Programmes) Nicolas Ballet.
This course will be an opportunity for health journalists across the country to add a critical dimension of evidence in their reporting and support in disseminating credible messages on the value of vaccines and how immunisation saves the lives of millions of girls and boys, said UNICEF Representative in India Yasmin Ali Haque.