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YJAG set for congress, anniversary celebrations

Sep 10, 2013, 10:42 AM

The Young Journalists Association of The Gambia (YJAG) will clock six years on 16 September this year.

This also marks the end of a two-year term of YJAG’s current executive committee, which paves the way for the association’s 3rd Congress.

As such, YJAG will hold a daylong anniversary and a congress at the secretariat of the Gambia Press Union in Fajara on 21 September 2013. 

A news release from the association revealed that the theme of this year’s anniversary and congress is: “Towards greater press freedom and job security for young journalists in The Gambia”.

It added that speakers at the opening ceremony are expected to dilate on this crucial topic while activity and financial reports of the association will also be presented to members for scrutiny and possible adoption.

The association urges all its members including affiliate press clubs, particularly press clubs at The Gambia College, St. Augustine, Nustrat, and Kotu Senior Secondary schools, to attend the programme, which will starts at 9a.m.

In the buildup to the congress, members are urged to settle their dues to enable them vote and be voted for during the event.

“Only members who are up-to-date with their monthly payments to the association are eligible to vote or to be voted for, as indicated in the constitution of the association,” the release added.

Meanwhile, YJAG is an independent non-profit organisation legally registered in September 2007. Its membership is drawn from across media outlets (print and electronic) in The Gambia. 

The objectives of the association include promoting unity among young journalists, providing capacity building and addressing the welfare of its members.

YJAG has in recent years contributed tremendously to the development of The Gambia media industry, especially training of its members on news reportage, which has greatly enhanced professionalism.