Journalist Association of The Gambia (YJAG) on Saturday trained journalists on
basics digital media, finance/business reporting at the University of The
Gambia School of Journalism and Digital Media.
The training was designed to expose young journalists to the basics in finance and business reporting.
It is expected that at the end of the training, participants would be armed with the requisite skills and knowledge and be able to understand the basics in the aforementioned areas.
Addressing the gathering, Kebba Jeffang, president of YJAG, underscored the importance of the training, saying the training is designed to boost participant’s knowledge in business and finance reporting.
Jeffang indicated that the country lacks investigative journalists, not only in the area of finance, but also in business reporting.
This, he said, is the main reason for this capacity building training, so as to build participant’s moral and capacity on finance reporting by using the basic knowledge.
“Another thing is that, the public cannot understand what journalists are reporting, if the reporter did not understand what he /she is reporting. Therefore, it is important to understand the content of the story before presenting it at the medium” he added.
Also speaking, Mustapha Ceesay, president of Media Academy for Journalism and Communication (MAJaC), outlined that democracy cannot rise without a vibrant media and that the media cannot be vibrant without equipping young journalists by change of technology.
“As the country is on a transition democracy, we need to move to a higher standard. And I urged the participants to make good use of the training” he added.
He expressed delight to see students of MAJAc being part of the training, which he said, is meant to equip participants to become better journalists.
Mustapha K Darboe, vice president of The Gambia Press Union (GPU), expressed his union’s commitment to the welfare of journalists in the country.
“The GPU is interested in the welfare and protection of journalists and to equip them well that is why most of the money is plan to train most of our members because journalism is a very complex job”, he added.