Three Mauritian Journalists on U.S. – Funded Programs

  • Posted 21 Aug 2012
Three Mauritian Journalists on U.S. – Funded Programs

Three Mauritian journalists, Claudette Geoffroy (Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation), Vel Moonien (l’express) and Mélissa Seebaluck (Le Mauricien) will be participating in programs funded by the U.S. Government this month.

MBC News Editor Claudette Geoffroy has been selected by the U.S. Department of State to partake in a three-week “Investigative Journalism and New Electronic Media” program from August 27 to September 14.

The project is designed to review the principles of journalism in the U.S. and the significance of a free and independent press; illustrate best practices in investigative journalism, including First Amendment protections and court decisions; the rights and responsibilities of journalists, and the evolving role of journalism in the United States; highlight examples of responsible investigative journalism that inform the public about issues of local, state, national and international importance such as public health, environment and business ethics and examine how new technologies impact the way journalists report world news and explore trends/developments in social media.

The program will open in Washington, D.C., where the delegation will have an overview of the U.S. governmental system, examine the concepts of freedom of the press, religion and the separation of church and state, and explore issues relating to the conduct of effective and ethical investigative reporting.

Possible meetings include Richard Huff, former Director and co-founder of the Office of Information and Privacy at the U.S. Department of Justice will address the history of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Sunshine Laws, and their impact on investigative reporting. Jeff Leen, Investigations Editor at The Washington Post, to discuss how a major newspaper, with its multiple platforms for news delivery, handles investigations using new technological innovations, and would discuss some recent major investigations.

A meeting at the Voice of America (VOA) would include behind-the-scenes tour of the studios followed by discussions with broadcast staff for Africa.
This event is part of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) and will examine current trends in the field of investigative journalism, with an emphasis on new electronic media.

The program will include meetings with print and broadcast journalists and site visits at schools of journalism, broadcast stations and newspapers.

Members of the group will also visit the headquarters of Investigative Reporters and Editors where they will have a training workshop featuring best practices; they will also be enrolled as members of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), the pre-eminent professional association for investigative journalism, for the next year, to take advantage of the tools and resources available to IRE members.

Journalists Vel Moonien and Mélissa Seebaluck have been selected to attend the “VOA Military and the Media Symposium for Africa” from August 24 to 31. This program is being hosted in Garmisch, Germany, by the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) – which is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands of the United States Armed Forces, responsible for U.S. military operations and military relations with 53 African nations.

This symposium is designed to provide journalists from African partner nations with the opportunity to discuss best practices with counterparts and stakeholders. Journalists will also have the opportunity to build relationships and discuss best practices with counterparts and stakeholders.

Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in professional discussions that will enhance their capabilities, particularly regarding the journalist’s and military public affairs officer’s capacity to work together and with one another’s institutions. Topics to be covered during this symposium include: The Media and the Military in Africa; Learning A Military’s Organization.