More than 5.000

media professionals trained

50 years!

On 1 November 2018, RNTC celebrated its 50 years of existence with its more than 5,500 alumni who attended courses in The Netherlands and the thousands from its programmes globally. Many of the alumni went on to make great impact in their communities. Over the last 50 years, RNTC has become a centre of expertise for media and communications professionals around the world. Especially for those working in restrictive settings and in fragile states or countries in transition.


Creating the new media-makers

Democracy under attack

In many parts of the world, objective and balanced voices are coming under attack from increasingly polarising politics, uncivil discourse in mainstream media, and a digital culture that is easy to manipulate. Groups with radical ideologies have succeeded in manipulating communications to confuse audiences and pass messages of hate and aggression, mass-producing their own content to distort the digital landscape in their favor.

The importance of critically minded media

Well-trained and critically minded media-makers, such as mid-career journalists, bloggers, vloggers and other media professionals, act as guardians of public interest. Citizens cannot exercise and enjoy their citizenship in the absence of the crucial information and knowledge they provide.

With 50 years of experience in journalistic training, RNTC is an expert in delivering accredited courses to media-makers around the world.  Storytelling is at the heart of all RNTC’s training. Stories are a powerful tool for media content aimed at achieving social change.

RNTC has trained participants from 58 developing countries, in five languages. RNTC is a top producer of renowned journalists, bloggers and media professionals. Its 5,500 alumni have become important influencers in their local media contexts, fostering tolerance, respect and freedom of expression.

RNTC is RNW Media’s internationally renowned learning hub for high-calibre media. RNTC goes beyond traditional journalism and media training, combining powerful theory, based on persuasive storytelling, rigorous professional practice and creative innovation. Working in this ground-breaking way, RNTC builds the foundation for media work with a lasting impact.

‘Global press freedom declined to its lowest point in 13 years amid unprecedented threats to journalists and media outlets in major democracies and new moves by authoritarian states to control the media.’  – Freedom House

50 years

of high-skilled trainings worldwide


Facebook followers

Help create access to RNTC

Would you like to support young people all over the world to develop their skills as media professionals? Then become a partner of the RNTC Training Centre.

An introduction to RNTC

A selection of what RNTC can offer