Journalists trained on digital economy, trade union reform

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Gambia Press Union (GPU) in collaboration with International Federation for Journalists (IFJ), on Saturday concluded a two-day training on digital economy, trade union reform and youth recruitment for Gambian journalists.

Sixteen journalists from print, electronic and online media outlets participated in the training which was held at the Football Hotel in Yundum, aimed at mapping out ways for GPU in its digital economy crusade.

At the end of the seminar, GPU leadership developed ideas on the form of reforms they need; be it legal or institutional to accommodate the teeming number of young people in the digital media economy as members. 

International Federation for Journalists acting director of Africa Office Pa Louis Thomasi said the training will help to deliberate on issues that have somehow threaten the journalism profession and industry, noting that even if some people believe that what is happening in the media and journalism landscape is not a crisis. 

He however reminded GPU leaders that as custodians of information and trade unions, they must be ready to accept the fact that with the advent of the internet there has been a shift in the paradigm which has registered a profound impact on the representative journalists union as they struggle to adapt their services and strategies to organise and protect journalist in the digital economy.

Mr. Thomasi called on African journalist unions to revisit their strategies by conducting research on the needs and aspirations of young journalists in particular if their unions are to be successfully adapted and attract future generations.

He noted that the objective of the training is to strengthen the GPU reform’s and adapt to the changing economic structures of the media and information sector.

President of GPU Sheriff Bojang Junior said the program is designed to expose Gambian journalists to digital economy, trade union reform and youth recruitment to the union.

He said GPU will continue its crusade to develop capacity of the country’s journalists, noting that the Union will give every journalist equal opportunity in terms of benefits. 

Mr. Bojang tasked participants to always reflect on training in their work at their respective media houses, while calling on Gambian journalists to become members of Gambia Press Union.

Saikou Jammeh, GPU Secretary General said the training was part of their mandate to develop and build the capacity of its members, adding that the Union’s objective is to safeguard and strengthen the interest, right and welfare of its members amongst others.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara & Fatou Dem