Professional Volunteering Opportunities in Journalism, Jamaica
- Placement location: Mandeville
- Requirements: Degree in Journalism or are professionally qualified in the field of photography or videography
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start Dates: Flexible
Volunteers on this journalism project will work at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) television station in Mandeville, Jamaica.
For this project it is important that volunteers are fluent in English. NCU is a Christian institution and as such volunteers will be required to comply with the rules set out by the institution.
Here you will find answers to the following questions:
How can volunteer journalists help in Jamaica?
Volunteers who are qualified in photography, videography or video production will be ideal for this placement. Knowledge of Adobe Premier PRO will be an advantage and if you are able to have this programme installed on your laptop it will be very helpful.
The programmes ‘Around the World’ and ‘International Hour’ highlight different cultures and volunteers will assist in producing these programmes. NCU TV is aired island wide on cable television. The station carries 24 hour programming, highlighting events and happenings on the campus and highlights of events in and around Mandeville. The station soon hopes to produce and air documentaries and news features. The station will give volunteers the opportunity to develop their skills in the areas of production and broadcasting.
Volunteers can work on tasks such as:
- Assisting with the technical activities taking place in the production department
- Researching stories by travelling around the city and possibly nearby communities for stories, which are then written and broadcast live on air.
- Conducting interviews with local people or groups.
- Participating in discussion shows.
- Assisting in producing the programmes ‘Around the world’ and ‘International Hour’.
What will I gain from this project?
You will gain experience working at a busy television station with fellow professional journalists. You will also have to think on your feet and interview local people in an unfamiliar environment. These kinds of skills show employers that you can get to the heart of a story while being respectful of other cultures.
You will learn about the Jamaican culture by interacting with the staff at NCU and with your host family. Staff and locals alike will want to hear about your life back home and your family and friends. We call this ‘cultural exchange’ and we think it helps our volunteers gain a new perspective on life.
What will Projects Abroad PRO provide?
We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Jamaica is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation with a Jamaican family close to your project.
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
- A friendly member of staff available to meet you on arrival at the airport.
- Medical and travel insurance.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
If you have a degree in Broadcast Journalism or are professionally qualified in the field of photography or videography then this placement is perfect for you.
If you are interested in this project but don’t have the relevant experience, then please read about our regular Journalism project in Jamaica.