ERASMUS+ SDGs Journalism Reporting

School of Computing, Universiti Utara Malaysia


Event Schedules

20 March 2022 - Sunday | 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM (Malaysia)


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   Meeting ID: 2640 235 85071
   Passcode: SDGSJR2022

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Dr. Jose Benedicto Royuela

Project Manager,

Regional Agency for Development, Investment & Innovation (NEXA), France



1st April 2022


Date: 1st April 2022
Venue: Malaysian Press Institute (MPI)

  1. Discussion with MPI focusing on collaborations for knowledge and talent development.
  2. Among the topics discussed:
    i) Type of collaborations between UUM-MPI
    ii) Invitation to MPI as a strategic partner in offering Professional certification on SDG Journalism Reporting to others. This includes:
    - MPI send out training invitation
    - MPI identify and suggest participants for TOT
    - MPI identify and suggest speaker in for dissemination program. i.e. Forum, Conference speaker

      3. The discussion went well with an acceptance and full support from the MIP team.
      4. Representatives from MPI:
          - Datuk Dr. Chamil Wariya- CEO
          - Norlida Jamaian- Senior Manager
          - Norhafiza Kamaludin- Training Manager



31st March 2022


Date: 31 March 2022
Venue: IPPTAR (via online)

1. An online discussion with IPPTAR focusing on collaborations for knowledge and talent development for both sides. Among the topics discussed:
i) Type of collaborations between UUM-IPPTAR
ii) Offering Professional certification on SDG Journalism Reporting to IPPTAR officers
iii) IPPTAR could act as the agency in charged to extend invitation of trainings to other related groups such as from RTM and others under related Ministries
iv) Invitation to IPPTAR officers to join TOT on SDG Journalism Reporting training
v) Invitation to IPPTAR officers as speaker in any suitable dissemination program. i.e.  Forum, Conference speaker

2. The discussion went well with an acceptance and full support from the IPPTAR team.
3. There was also a discussion on the possibility to localize the contents. This will be further discussed.
4. Representatives from IPPTAR:
   - Mr. Kumaran a/l Subramaniam, Head of Academic department,
   - Puan Mazlina binti Mohd Yusoff, Head of broadcasting technology cluster
   - Encik Norazlan Tendot bin Abu Bakar, Programme coordinator
   - Encik Zairul Eizam bin Abdul Rahman, Programme coordinator



30th March 2022


Date: 30 March 2022
Venue: Sinar Harian

1. A visit to Sinar Harian, under Karangkraf Group. During the visit, a few discussion being made, focusing on Collaborations for knowledge and talent development with Sinar. The main ideas presented are:
i) Offering Professional certification on SDG Journalism Reporting for SInar officers
ii) Invitation to Sinar officers to join TOT on SDG Journalism Reporting training
iii) Invitation to Sinar officers to involve as speaker in any suitable dissemination program. i.e. Forum, Conference speaker

2. The ideas were highly accepted by Sinar team, and they accept all the above.
3. Earlier, there was also a discussion on the training fees, schedule, method of deliveries and types of participants to attend.
4. Representatives from Sinar:
   - Mr. Badruldin Zakaria, Deputy News Editor, Berita Sinar Harian
   - Mdm. Asmaliza Mansur, Rasuah Busters Media Relation Officer
   - Hafezdzullah Mohd Hassan, Reporter of Sinar Premium



28th March 2022


Date: 28 March 2022

1. A visit to BERNAMA, The Malaysian National News Agency or in Malay known as Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia, abbreviated BERNAMA. It is a news agency of the government of Malaysia, placed under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia. During the visit, a few discussion being made, focusing on Collaborations for knowledge development with BERNAMA. The main ideas presented are:
i) Offering Professional certification on SDG Journalism Reporting for BERNAMA officers
ii) Invitation to BERNAMA officers to join TOT on SDG Jornalism Reporting training
iii) Invitation to BERNAMA officers to involve as speaker in any suitable dissemination program. i.e. Forum, Conference speaker

2. In conclusions, BERNAMA agree to accept the suggestions above.
3. There was a major concern discussed about the importance of SDG awareness among journalist in Malaysia. The needs to raise the awareness, and the suggestion to have focused journalists on specific SDG agenda was supported by the Team from BERNAMA.

4. Representatives from BERNAMA:
   - Tuan Syed Khedher Ismail Al Qudsy, Pengurus Kanan
   - En. Ridzuan Mohd Ghazali, Penolong Pengurus
   - Puan Nur Syazwani Zainudin, Penolong Eksekutif Latihan, Jabtan Modal Insan


   Background    Background

The innovative aspect of the SDGs Journalism Reporting (SDGsJR) project is the incorporation and focus given on sustainable development goals on journalism reporting. It is a program based on the evidence which places free and independent media at the core for sustainable development. Its aim is unique as it places skills and knowledge on sustainable development at the core of high-quality journalism and its impact on government policies and public awareness. By learning how to monitor specific indicators on SDGs, compelling stories can be developed by journalists and therefore decision makers, civil society and the public can be strongly influenced.

The project was launched in November 2019 and is expected to be completed within three years.

   Objectives    Objectives

Media is an important stakeholder in regard to societies reaching the goals of development – both as a contributor and a beneficiary. Notwithstanding, the Communication and Media studies curriculum in the Asian HEIs seems to not successfully match with the skills required for effective sustainable development reporting in order to deliver the United Nation 2030 Agenda for the Sustainability Development. In this regard, a new course will respond to the need for modernization of curricula in journalism and media reporting in the PC-HEIs, the changing character of journalist education with a focus on sustainable development as well as the need for strong journalistic and investigative ICT-based skills that recognize the strong correlation between a free, independent and pluralistic media system and the process of sustainable development. The curriculum content is designed to instill the skills and level of data literacy necessary to produce both short data stories on a deadline as well as longer in-depth stories that explain underlying development challenges facing the region through data and digital storytelling. By choosing what is in a story, how the story is told, and the diversity of stories, journalists and editors have the capacity to enhance or limit the information people will use to form opinions and make decisions.

Specifically, the objectives pursued in the Partner Countries, include:

  • Improve the quality of higher education in the field of Journalism Reporting by addressing challenges in the Pannasastra University, University of Battambang, University of Nottingham Ningbo, Shenzhen Polytechnic, University of Malaya and University Utara Malaysia. Moreover, the objectives include developing life-long learning skills for high-quality media reporting on SDGs and ICT-based data analysis of journalists and analysts in Cambodia, Malaysia and China.
  • Enhance the relevance of acquisition of better qualifications in the labor market and society to respond to the changing character of journalism education and the data analysis needed to be investigative journalist or analyst.
  • Improve the level of competences and skills in the HEIs by developing new and innovative journalism reporting courses for journalism students and active journalists and analysts. -Enrich the innovation capacities as well as the internationalization of HEIs by promoting transnational cooperation of HEIs in the field of media reporting on SDGs and ICT-based data analysis on domestic developmental concerns as well as adopting internationally recognized teaching methodologies and online learning.
  • Promote voluntary convergence with EU developments of curriculum development in the field of journalism and reporting in the higher education system through the sharing of best practices and knowhow.
  • Promote people-to-people contacts, intercultural awareness and understanding through the development of an open digital platform that will help expand connections of the academia with journalists, officials, lobby groups, subject experts and subject stakeholders. Journalists covering sustainable development issues who want to tell stories from broad perspectives need to have networks that allow them to cover these stories.
   Activities    Activities

The principal activity includes the creation, testing and adaptation of a 6-month journalism reporting course, to be delivered partially online together with a normal classroom. . In specific, there will be a collection of programs and qualifications designed to help preparing journalists, analysts and journalism students working in a dynamic environment where the challenges of domestic developmental concerns are of paramount importance.

The course will be constructed from the exhaustive needs’ analysis and a real-life transnational approach based on the exhanged of the best practices. For this reason, teaching and learning process will include mobility of academic personnel for capacity building between Programme and Partner HEIs. The final result will be the incorporation of the course as the core component in the final year of a bachelor’s degree programme in journalism or as a module in a master’s course in journalism or offered as an independent programme with a total of 40 ECTS. It will offer concrete tools to implement knowledge on SDGs in the working environment.

Another important activity of the project will be the development of SDGs Research Units in the HEIs that will provide relevant equipment and free access to information, statistics and tools for data processing, analysis and monitoring of indicators to track progress on SDGs. The access and exchange of important information for relevant stakeholders will be the result of a partnership built throughout the project and that will include journalists, researchers, officials, subject experts and subject stakeholders in order to achieve the targets of 2030 Agenda.

Moreover, the development of an online digital reporting platform will help initiating and supporting the idea of a lifelong learning and will strengthen links between academia and labor market. This platform will provide a virtual learning environment for the course and a forum of exchange of information, upload critical SDGs data, and best practices among journalists of Programme and Partner Countries. It will also allow input from experts and scientists to be published on the platform.

In addition, there will also be a development of vocational courses for the academic staff in charge of offering the journalism reporting courses well as capacity building for the academic staff of the rest of Faculty staff. The increased number of qualified journalists and journalism graduates will effectively address the gap in skills set required for professional media reporting on SDGs. Innovative teaching methodology and use of ICT technologies will contribute to the use and process of data for a precise evaluation on progress on targets on SDGs. Vocational courses for academic staff will enhance significantly the number of highly qualified staff in the field of Journalism and Media Studies and the prestige and ranking of the Asian HEIs. The creation of Research Units will contribute to the modernization of the HEIs infrastructure and the strengthening of partnership for achievement of SDGs for the 2030 Agenda.

To conclude, the strengthened partnership and created synergy between academics, journalists and other relevant stakeholders, will be of paramount value for creating high-quality reporting, make SDGs a priority in the national agenda and raise awareness of the general public.

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