ournalists are to face the world courageously and inform them on things that matter, and in a
way, they will understand and make use of this information. This needs fearless and bold
journalists who will pave the way and face the storms and hostility interviews bring. As much
as they use different techniques to get information, sometimes these tricks are of no use and
rarely help. Suppose you had to talk to al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden. Standard
questions and tactics will not be useful. This area needs insight and investigative skills to
know what to ask and what to say that will get information pouring in.
This mentoring program will be used to influence those who want to join journalism or who
have had an interest in journalism as a career. It will help serve as a frame and guide to the
top-most priorities in this industry, develop the mentees skills in journalistic areas to ensure
success and to have a dependable workforce. It will also be a tool to plan and guide the
quality and required standards of achievement in investigative journalism to shape and mould
the right workforce. Mentor, Robert Fisk, is an international figure to reckon with especially
in the journalism world. He is the world’s known fearless and courageous journalist who not
only interviewed Osama bin Laden but did it three times. This Middle-East correspondent for
The Independent, has extensively covered the Persian war for 13 years since 1990. He is
known to contact and interview some of the most inaccessible people, and he will talk to us
on how to do it.
The mentoring program will have leaders involved to oversee work delegated and the
program activities conducted till the end. They will also make sure the program is both
created and implemented, the sessions are challenging and interactive, they will evaluate the
program’s progress, provide the needed support of both mentors and mentees in making sure
the program ends successfully.
The mentor will work with the mentee and help them understand how the field requires skills
and intuition, what is needed to succeed and survive in such an environment, ensure that the
mentees work on required tasks and complete them. Mentees will be needed to meet with ….
the mentor, give recommendation and suggestions for program improvement and participate
in the activities.
By the end of the program, it is expected that the results will include those as renewed
interest in the field of journalism, a greater understanding to the barriers and limitation
experienced, enhanced skills in not only journalism but in listening, counselling and
coaching. There will also be development in the profession to higher levels, a compliment on
journalism as an area of study and also benefit and advance in career opportunities.
For a smooth program, the mentor and mentee will have to provide documents to evaluate
and continuously correct the program. The application process will require both the mentor
and mentee to apply. A confidentiality agreement will be needed to come up with boundaries
required. The action plan which determines the successfulness of the program will also be
required. As a way of getting through to our intended mentor, an email will be the primary
medium used that will connect the institution to Robert Fisk. Below is the expected email:
From: Anne Other (email@example.com)
Date: 12/12/2018, at 12:00 pm
Subject: Bobby – Robert Fisk Introduction Request
To: Bobby Fish (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cc: Dean Jean (email@example.com
I have been researching on investigative journalism, and the effects this little known about
the subject has had on our students and what it translates to when they go to the field. I have a
team of students who would like to gather information on the tips and tricks concerning this
section in journalism. I couldn’t help but notice you could be of help given that you have
worked with and for Robert Fisk for some time now.
I thought if you could be our intermediary and introduce our institution and see if he is
willing to spend time and mentor us on this topic if applicable.
I would love to hear from you soon, regarding the topic. Please let me know if you have any
additional concerns or information.
The program should be over in three months where the trainees will be able to carefully
analyse and know what leads to follow and how to develop it into a better story and how the
interview process should start and end successfully. The mentor will be better able to answer
some of the mentee’s questions and concerns.