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Supporting young journalists

Sep 19, 2012, 10:30 AM

The president of the Young Journalists Association of The Gambia (YJAG) in a recent television program, marking the 5th anniversary of the association, called for more support for the group.

Modou S.Joof stressed that they have lined up a number of planned activities such as capacity building for their members, but are faced with resource constraints.

We, therefore, call on the general public to support the country’s young journalists whose success would, no doubt, determine the future of the Gambia media industry.

The Gambian young journalists over the years have been working very hard to improve their skills and working conditions, but definitely lack the much-needed support.

In fulfilment of their objectives, YJAG over the years has managed to organised a series of training courses for its members, including a seminar on reporting ethics, basic journalism, climate change reporting, the role of the media in national development and on media laws.

Moreover, the democratic culture that has been manifested by the members of the association, and their commitment to duty has earned them the admiration of many.

While congratulating the association for their achievements, we urge them to remain focused and committed to their cause.

We also urge YJAG to continue to inculcate professionalism and a quest for further training among its members.

In fact, YJAG has proven to be one of the most proactive and successful media organisations in the country that is truly meeting the needs of its members.

Since the success of any group depends entirely on the commitment of its members, we urge YJAG members both in the print and electronic media to remain committed to the group.

We salute all those who in one way or the other have supported the group over the years, and encourage all and sundry, both at home and abroad, to give YJAG more support.

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