Every year, about 50 young people graduate from the Kloop School of Journalism in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Students are typically secondary school and university students. These students represent the brightest and most driven students in the country.
While journalism remains a completely new field for the school children, many newcomers from the university are Journalism and Communications department students. All of the students share that they have only theoretical subjects at the university and can not get even an internship in real media because they are not prepared for real-world environments while at school.
The approach used by Kloop is fundamentally different from the university journalism education.
All ok Kloop’s courses have a practical component – the choice of an event to cover, interviews with real people from the community and government, and of course writing and publishing news, which is posted online at http://kloop.kg.
In the School of Journalism, students receive basic theoretical knowledge in the first week. By the end of this week, students begin to take their first interviews.
Kloop emphasizes the importance of the real practical experience as an interview with a real respondent for a real story, which will then be posted on a real news website for a real audience.
Thus, in only ten days after the course begins, the student who had no idea about journalism, has published a story for thousands of readers.
Such training methods allows the students to not only learn the basics of journalists’ work, but also to socialize and to create their professional network connections.
The approach used by Kloop proved its high effectiveness. Today, the major media in Kyrgyzstan employ Kloop alumni who have never studied journalism at the university, and some of them have even contributed to authoritative foreign media as just school students.