Support for Cuba’s Independent Journalists
Under a USAID grant that began in 1999, the IMC has
been training the independent journalists, few of whom
have had an previous training in journalism. They are
former secretaries, economists, lawyers, etc., who became
human rights activists and found themselves performing
as journalists. The basis of the training is a five-part
distance-learning course. This is supplemented by videos
and, beginning in 2005, videoconference workshops. Much
of the work of the journalists appears on Internet sites.
The IMC chooses the best articles, edits them and offers
them to newspapers and other media in Latin America
and elsewhere. All told, nearly 200 independent journalists
have participated in IMC training activities in Cuba.