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Capacity Building Workshop for Journalists Gets Underway

Apr 27, 2009, 7:39 AM

A three-week intensive capacity building workshop for 30 journalists drawn from both the print and electronic media in The Gambia kicks off at the Gambia Press Union Secretariat today.

It is organised by the Gambia Communication Agency and Baroueli Enterprises on behalf of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The workshop will last from Monday 27 April to Friday 15 May 2009.

According to a media release issued by the Gambia Communications Agency, the overall objective of the workshop is to deepen essential journalistic skills in order to build a vibrant, strong, professionalised and independent media in The Gambia.

The course modules, the release adds, are therefore tailored to achieve this end.

"They include introduction to journalism, good journalism practice and method, ethical standards, English for the journalist, essential laws for the journalist, human rights and gender sensitivity reporting and Internet information research," the release states.

The release adds that the participants will be required to do written assignments as well as a project work.

"For the project work, all 30 participants will be divided up into three groups and each group will be assigned a topic to work on," the release reveals.

"There is a prize for the best project work and a prize for the best participant. The certificates will be ranked in the following order: Pass, Merit or Distinction to reflect the varying performances of the participants," the release concludes.