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New Jeshwang LBS launches press club

Mar 1, 2016, 9:59 AM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

New Jeshwang Lower Basic School on Thursday launched a press club aim at empowering the pupils to have passion for writing news.

The launching, held at the school ground in New Jeshwang, was attended by journalists from the print and electronic media as well as parents, teachers and the students.

Lamin Ceesay, head master of the school, said no one will doubt the importance of the press in the society, saying the media play a crucial role in the society just like teachers.

Mr Ceesay said with the formation of the press club, hopes are that some of the students may become journalists someday.

“Although the job may be risky but journalism is a noble profession because they are always ready to inform the public at all times,” he said.

Presenting on the importance of press clubs in schools, Kebba Jeffang an executive member of the Young Journalists Association of The Gambia (YJAG) said all press clubs in the country are under YJAG as it is self-mandated to monitor all such clubs.

Mr Jeffang, a staff of Foroyaa newspaper, said the press club helps its members to plan their career and as well help them build interest in news reading, writing, and guide them in developing their journalism skills.

He told the new press club that they should be organising in-house trainings that will further help the members in their work.

He also urged them to be writing articles and be sending it to kid’s columns in the various newspapers.