COVID-19 information

RNTC courses and trainings during COVID-19

RNTC, the internationally renowned training centre of RNW Media, provides career-boosting learning experiences for media professionals from all over the world. Over the past 50 years, we have trained journalists, social activists, programme-makers and communications professionals in achieving social change through media.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to substantially impact our daily lives. It highlights, among other things, how important access to accurate and up-to-date information is, and the important role of media in raising awareness and providing trustworthy information.

Our aim is to reach media and communications professionals worldwide and we are experienced in providing high quality trainings virtually, in our training centre and studios or in-company. As restrictions on physical movement and international travel continue to affect many people across the globe, RNTC has worked hard to redesign our face-to-face courses into (partly) online formats.

Courses September – December 2020

The courses that are planned for September - December 2020 will continue as planned, but will be delivered (partly) in an online format, instead of face-to-face at our training centre in Hilversum.

While the format for these courses has changed from face-to-face to (partly) online, we can imagine that you have specific questions about our courses. Please see below an overview of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers.

*Our information is based on the guidelines issued by the government and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
*RNTC reserves the right to suspend, modify or cancel any of the measures described in the FAQ.

Courses starting in 2021

With regard to courses starting in 2021, we cannot share with you just yet if these courses will be offered face-to-face or online. We can share with you that RNTC has taken the measures necessary to provide a safe learning environment at our training centre in Hilversum. We have developed a safe training protocol based on the guidelines issued by the Dutch government and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

After December 2020, we will re-evaluate the situation around COVID-19, in particular restrictions on travel and visas.

COVID-19 FAQ

Yes. Open courses scheduled for September to December 2020 will be offered (partly) online instead of face-to-face. Once you have registered, you will receive information from our admissions office.

Scholarships for the fall courses 2020 are no longer available. You can still register for our courses with personal or company funding.

Till December 2020 all our courses and trainings are offered online. For two courses in particular we have chosen for a blended format: an online module in combination with a face-to-face module in 2021. If you have subscribed to one of the following courses, you will be personally informed by us about the new format.

 

In blended format

September

Drama for Social Change   
2 weeks online, 1 week in the Netherlands - date TBD

Digital Content Creative
2 weeks online, 1 week in the Netherlands - date TBD


100% online

September courses

Public Interest Journalism

October courses

Producing Media to Counter Disinformation

November courses

Media Campaigns for Development and Social Change

Campagnes Médiatiques pour le Développement et le Changement Social

Blended courses use online training and in person training as part of their curricula. The online training usually has sessions in which you will complete theoretical modules and assignments. The In-person training will usually include all skills training. Blended trainings are usually done in two components, an online phase with an outcome and an in-person phase with a separate, practical outcome.  

RNTC offers a range of open and tailor-made online courses. We are confident in providing high-quality learning experiences online, with plenty of individual support from our expert trainers and interaction with both trainers and fellow course participants. This is not a boring lecture series, but rather an interactive learner-centred training that gets you to produce output along the way, individually, or in groups.

Our online courses have been rated very positively and we have high level learner satisfaction. Participants rate the online courses as a “highly useful” and “impactful” learning experience.

The online format requires full-time participation on training days for the duration of the course. The course includes lectures, group and individual projects, self-study time and online coaching.

Due to the current restrictions in our daily lives and in travel, caused by COVID-19, we have decided to offer our open courses in an online format instead of face-to-face until the end of 2020. In this way, participants will be able to access our cutting edge training, tailored coaching and support safely from home until (international) travel restrictions are lifted.

You can register for a course on our website. Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation and a welcome letter, providing you all of the information you need to participate in the course online.

We use a freely downloadable platform called Zoom for our trainings. You will receive instructions and a Zoom link. In addition you will have access to our online learning academy where you can access all course materials for 6 months from the start of your course.

Before the training, you will be invited to set up an account on our Online Learning Academy during the first sign-in process. Once you have logged in, you can create your profile. Also, you will receive an invitation to a test session to become acquainted with Zoom and our other tools, and meet your trainer and fellow students too.

During the training you will participate in planned Zoom sessions and also have time scheduled for individual and group work.

You will receive detailed information in your confirmation and welcome letter. For any online course you will of course need access to internet, a mobile device/ laptop with audio and camera.

The time commitment is variable, but you can expect to spend an average of 6 to 8 hours a day on a course. Our online course requires full participation for the duration of the course. You will definitely need a quiet place from which you can study and work on course assignments undisturbed.

Sessions are recorded, if you miss a session the recording can be made available to you. This is only in the event of an internet connectivity issue.  

There are different kinds of sessions. For plenary sessions, these are done as a whole group and you are required to be online. There are group work assignments that are up to you and your group when and how you will choose to complete these. There are individual assignment sessions in which you are not required to be online, however the facilitator will be online to answer questions during these time slots

The time commitment is variable, but you can expect to spend an average of 6 to 8 hours a day on a course. Not all of these are online hours, however they do vary. 

RNTC suggests that you do not work or schedule meetings during the training times.   

We are in close contact with Nuffic and will inform all scholarship holders of the situation that applies for their course. Scholarship holders for September-December 2020 courses are offered their course via e-learning.

We cannot give you an update about this at this point. We can share with you that RNTC has taken the measures necessary to provide a safe learning environment at our training centre in Hilversum. We have developed a safe training protocol based on the guidelines issued by the Dutch government and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

After December 2020, we will re-evaluate the situation around COVID-19, in particular restrictions on travel and visas.

Everywhere you want

Whether you are a journalist, a blogger or a media manager, we have the courses to fit your needs. RNTC offers courses in Hilversum, the Netherlands, and in-house courses around the world.

Tailor Made

We also provide tailor-made training for media organisations and non-governmental organisations. RNTC prides itself on being innovative in both subject matter and method of delivery.

50+ years, 6000+ students

RNTC was set up in 1968 as a joint initiative of RNW Media (formerly Radio Netherlands Worldwide) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the past 50 years, RNTC has gained invaluable expertise in delivering courses to media professionals around the world.

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