JMI is an independent, not-for-profit institution, established by HRH Princess Rym Ali in 2006, aimed at developing the performance of workers in the field of journalism and media in Jordan and the Arab region, and improving the performance of media outlets and the content presented to the public. This is accomplished through a methodology based on three fields:
- Journalism education through a Master's program in journalism and new media.
- Media training. This is comprised of capacity-building endeavors for journalists through training courses, workshops, and specialized seminars, targeting the general population of those working in the media field.
- Media development projects aimed at developing media performance, building institutional capacities, and improving the media work environment.
JMI has an extensive experience in building the capacity in Media and Information Literacy, and has implemented several projects from which is implemented this year and next year with UNESCO and funded by EU, this project is targeting the students in the schools and universities, and focuses on building the capacity of school teachers and university professors.
Also JMI developed its curriculum and teaching plans in accordance with Digital Media and Information literacy, from JMI students receive a specialized course each year.
The project comprises four major components:
- Capacity building of JMI through equipping it with the tools that serve the objectives of the project which include: upgrading JMI's outdated television and Radio studio facilities that use obsolete technology to help build the capacity of targeted youth.
- Capacity building of 4 local civil societies in the target areas in social media skills and advocacy, to raise the profile of public service issues and pressing priorities using positive activism and engagement through the following:
- Capacity building of the partner CSO's, to engage in social issues and monitor policies and legislation that impacts their local communities through training on active social and political engagement.
- Support the CSO’s with equipment needed for the sustainability of the project.
- Develop an internal mechanism for self-regulation comprising:
- Code of conduct for the young activists engaged in the project<
- Develop a communication strategy with the local communities and local authorities for each CSO.
- Build the capacity of 80 young men and women in the 4 targeted communities, 20 persons in each one of the communities, in the skills of digital media tools to enable them to monitor public policies and performance of members of the 18th parliament through 8 training workshops.
- Develop special applications for monitoring accountability in youth issues through social and digital media comprising:
- Follow-up and hold to account public policy decision makers and policy makers
- Follow-up and hold to account members of parliament who represent the four target communities
These digital tools will comprise:
- Develop an application to be called “Parliament Meter”, a digital tool, using digital medial information technology, to monitor, follow-up and hold to account members of parliament to fulfil promises and pledges made in the three target governorates and to produce a monthly report and a short movie from each one of the four communities and to hold a debate by youth in each one of the target governorates on the monthly report.
- Develop a follow-up tool to be called Eain Meter (Eye Meter) for accountability on issues of good governance in the management of local resources and implementation of public policies in the four areas.
- Each monthly report from Eain Meter and Parliament Meter will be followed by an investigative monthly report illustrated with digital media that include info graphics, short movie, podcasts and data journalism applications
JMI website: www.jmi.edu.jo