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School of Journalism and Mass CommunicationFIU's School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Latin America Journalism Program
The International Media Center was born out of a 10-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development througha cooperative agreement with Florida International University in Miami: The Latin American Journalism Program. LAJP was administered by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, under the direction of the then dean. Dr. J. Arthur Heise. Charles H. Green, a former Associated Press foreign correspondent and business executive, was the founding director of the LAJP and the IMC, a post he held until his retirement in 2005. The LAJP ended on March 31, 1998, but left behind a self-sustaining journalism training center, the Latin American Journalism Center, in Panama City, Panama.
 
LAJP Program Components
All components of the Latin American Journalism Program were conducted in Spanish.

Seminars and workshops: LAJP offered up to 65 seminars or workshops a year on topics from ethics to newsroom management. There was a special emphasis on ethics and on better writing through critical thinking. The program organized workshops on environmental reporting, investigative reporting, covering human rights, understanding women's issues, the role of the press in a developing democracy and others. The seminars and workshops ranged from two days to two weeks and usually were limited to 15-18 participants because of the hands-on nature of the training.

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Purpose of the Program
The purpose of LAJP was to strengthen the free press in Latin America through education, training and research.  The program sought to encourage journalists, journalism educators and media owners to make a critical examination of the role of a free and independent press. All of the program's training, education, research and technical assistance activities were based on the professional standards of the free press operating separately from and independent of the state in the democracies of the modern world.
 
Seminars and workshops
LAJP offered up to 65 seminars or workshops a year on topics from ethics to newsroom management.  There was a special emphasis on ethics and on better writing through critical thinking. The program organized workshops on environmental reporting, investigative reporting, covering human rights, understanding women's issues, the role of the press in a developing democracy and others. The seminars and workshops ranged from two days to two weeks and usually were limited to 15-18 participants because of the hands-on nature of the training.