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Sports journalists benefits from online training

Mar 24, 2010, 12:41 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Sports Journalists Association of the Gambia under the leadership of Namory Trawally on Monday converged at the GNOC Headquarters to take part in a daylong online journalists training.

The training, which was conducted by Lamin Jaiteh, a former sports reporter with the Gambia Radio and Television Service (GRTS), who is now based in the UK availed the participants the opportunity to acquire skills on online journalism.

The training programme, which brought together participants from both the print and electronic media, gave the trainees the opportunity to learn areas like how to conduct online interview, among other important areas.

Dilating on the topic Jaiteh said one of the most important developments in sports journalism in recent years is the growth of online publishing, or websites on the internet.

"Websites have provided thousands of new outlets for sports journalists, created many new jobs and offer new ways of satisfying the growing thirst for sporting information. Because websites are easy to set up and relatively cheap to service and maintain, the growth has been rapid."

"Almost every sports club and governing body now has its own site, many of them employing professional journalists,? he stated.

He pointed out that websites can combine the techniques of print, radio and television in a single package and in a largely modular form, which can be instantly updated.