The 4-day training covered topics such as: photo processing, recording and processing of audio news, creating video content and multimedia on the web, advanced content editing on the web, copyright, journalist standards and rules for editing texts and content promotion through the social media.

The training started with the session on photography, during which the participants were familiarized with the techniques for quick photo processing of photographs intended to be posted on the web using the Picasa software, and they also acquired knowledge about advanced photo processing with the assistance of the photo processing software Gimp. The second half of the day continued with the session on processing audio recordings. At this session the participants recorded their voice using a computer and a microphone, as well as the Audacity software to process this recorded material and practically acquired the basic technical skills necessary for creating and processing audio recordings intended for the web.


During the second day, participants were familiarized with the method for processing video materials and acquired skills for creating and processing web videos. In this session participants practically applied the knowledge acquired through an exercise for video editing in Windows Movie Maker.

During the rest of the day participants worked with services enabling them to create multimedia on the web. In this session, in addition to being familiarized with online services through practical exercises as a follow up to the work done in previous sessions, they used what they have already completed for creating a slideshow of photos using the Flicker photo service, for publishing audio content on the web with Sound Cloud, for creating slidecasts (presentations + audio background) with Slideshare, publishing and processing video content on the web with YouTube, as well as subtitling video content with Dotsub. These skills will help them create multimedia content with free web services and to use these services to enrich their online articles, and add multimedia components to their usual daily articles.


The third day started with the introduction of rules for writing on the web through practical work in WordPress and Joomla, and the participants learned how to edit their articles and to embed multimedia content into their web articles through exercises. At the end of this session they were also familiarized with the free Creative Commons licenses and their practical application in the digital context. In the second half of the third day, participants were presented with the tactics of promoting web content through social media Facebook and Twitter, as well as the techniques for interaction with an online audience and for attracting new audiences. This last session informed the participants about the latest trends for promotion through the social media.

During the first half of the fourth day, participants were familiarized with the journalist standards for writing and editing texts, and there was also a session on how to set up and manage online files using Google Drive. In this session, participants were familiarized with the option to store and share their texts and multimedia content “in the cloud”. The last day ended with practical exercises for the knowledge acquired over the 4-day training.

With this training, the total number of journalists trained is 49, and Metamorphosis will continue to conduct these trainings.