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Point sub-editor off to Germany

Jul 23, 2010, 3:00 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

Mr. Nfamara Jawneh, a sub-editor and youth forum columnist with this paper left Banjul yesterday July 22nd for Hamburg, Germany.

He is among 24 young journalists from across the world to partake in Summer Academy in Journalism on the theme "Freedom and Responsibility in the Media" from July 25 - August 20, 2010.

The course is organised by the International Institute for Journalism (IIJ) of InWEnt, Capacity

Building International, Germany. He boarded the SN Brussels aircraft to Brussels and then to Hamburg.

Speaking to this reporter, shortly before his departure Jawneh lauded the management of The Point for giving him the opportunity and support to participate in this important international training.

"This is a clear manifestation of how much this paper values the training and exposure of its staff, both locally and internationally," he said.

"I would also like to use this opportunity to join a host of others to congratulate my boss Mr. Pap Saine for his recent IPI hero award. It's indeed a deserving award and I must pray to God for him to have good health and long life. Dad I thank-you for making me what I am today," he noted.

He also thanked IIJ of InWEnt for selecting him among a lot of applicants.

Meanwhile, Jawneh has also arranged donor meetings with some development organisations, both in Berlin and Hamburg for his two organisations, namely Beakanyang and WANJOP where he serves as Secretary-General and Regional President, respectively.

The Summer Academy aims to promote media freedom and journalistic ethics by empowering young, upcoming journalists to make ethical decisions in their daily working routine, as well as under difficult circumstances.

The programme is a unique opportunity to broaden the knowledge on the key topic of press freedom, and discuss professional ethical standards, among others.

It seeks to cover both practical experience and profound insights into the political and ethical framework that guides the practical journalistic work.

According to him, those identified by the organisers to conduct the training are media experts and prominent senior journalists with experience in all aspects of newspaper and online work.

Most of them work, or have worked in leading newspapers, news agencies or online newsrooms in Germany and abroad. They are familiared with the media in developing and transitional countries, he remarked.

"I do hope that the training would further enhance my journalistic competencies, thus enable me improve on my input upon my return," he concluded.