Since 1998 the Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has trained 110 journalists of Roma origin. Many of them now work for public and commercial media organizations and have received a number of prizes and awards for journalism excellence. In 2009 the Roma Mainstream Media Internship Program was selected as one of the top 30 initiatives on diversity in the European media. The Center for Independent Journalism is a foundation for public benefit with a mission to raise professional standards in journalism and promote fact-based and ethical reporting in Hungary. CIJ as the only non-profit journalism training organization in Hungary, has trained several thousands of journalists, media students and managers since its inception in 1995.
The structure of training
During the first four months, the students learn the basics of journalism, political and social science, economics, media law and ethics, communication theory, media history, journalism styles and news writing and multimedia skills. After the classroom training, the students start internships in various newsrooms of newspapers, radio and television stations, news portals under the guidance of experienced journalist-mentors. During their internships, students regularly return to the CIJ for consultations and training, including hands-on workshops on radio and television news production and specialized reporting. Since 2007 students successfully completing the course have received a diploma in journalism as a result of CIJís partnership with Nepszabadsag Ringier Training Institute.