Its operations are overseen by a board of trustees comprising veteran media practitioners, trainers and managers chaired by the Principal of the Malawi Polytechnic a Constituent college of the University of Malawi.
To date, the MIJ has trained over one hundred journalists from the Diploma in Journalism programme and over five hundred journalists from the Certificate in Journalism programme. In addition to the academic programmes, the MIJ also offers customised training courses in such emerging social issues as elections, corruption, drug and substance abuse, HIV/Aids and others.
The MIJ has a pool of local trainers in various areas of the journalism courses. These trainers are from the University of Malawi as well as from the media industry. To complement the training, the MIJ runs a commercial radio MIJ FM, which was established as a community radio with funding from the Danish government before the latter had suspended aid ties to Malawi. MIJ students also undergo a month-long internship at MIJ FM. Since 2005 both the training institution and its radio component embarked on a self sustenance path and has not diverted from its core objective of promoting media independence and professionalism.