The Jordan Media Institute (JMI) has become the latest ENPS customer in the Middle East and the second university in the region to adopt newsroom software for its broadcast journalism training.
There will be two "newsrooms" using ENPS, both including about 30 ENPS workstations. As well as ENPS, JMI will also be using a Harris video server, Apple Final Cut Pro editors, an Avid Deko graphics system and a Portaprompt prompter.
JMI, based in Amman, aims to improve the standards of journalism in the Middle East. It will run undergraduate and postgraduate courses in broadcast television news production, as well as operating a training facility for professional broadcast customers.
ENPS installation and training was completed in March 2010. JMI is currently undergoing trials and dry-runs in anticipation of starting courses in the summer. It follows hot on the heels of the AUC (American University in Cairo), which adopted ENPS for its training of newsroom journalists in February 2009.
“With broadcast clients stretching across the Middle East from Dubai to Jordan; Turkey (TRT) to Afghanistan, the region is witnessing innovation across all media – TV, radio, print and online. We have had enquiries from other Universities in the region. We’re delighted that future generations of broadcast journalists are being trained using ENPS,” said Keisuke Kayaba, Middle East and Asia regional sales manager, Associated Press.
Other developments in the region include the signing of a new three-year contract by Algerian Television, ENTV (Entreprise Nationale de Télévision). Integrated with Sony Newsbase the system will continue to support the journalists at their main newsgathering hub in Algiers and those outside the newsroom.