The articles in the book were written by exchange students, lecturers and media experts who cover topics as diverse as ‘Gender in Media’ and ‘Setting up a new radio station.’
The launch of the book co-incided with the conclusion of the Journalism for Civic Involvement, Democracy and Development (JOCID) Network, a joint media education initiative between universities in Finland, Namibia, Tanzania and Ghana. The JOCID Network was active since 2007 and included Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Metropolia University of Technology (Finland), Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), University of Iringa (Tanzania) and the Poly. JOCID was funded by the North-South-South Higher Education Institution Network Programme of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and administered by the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) in Finland.
During the launch, Emily Brown, Head of the Department of Communication, said the publication of the book was the culmination of a long journey from the time when she first approached the Finnish Ambassador to Namibia with an idea for a newsroom, to the negotiations with partners and the various activities the Network engaged in over the years. She said the Network was the forerunner to the University of Iringa and GIJ setting up campus radio stations that enabled students to have practical industry experience before graduating.
Other activities of the JOCID Network included student and staff exchange, donations of media equipment and curriculum development.