UNMIL Media W’shop for Editors Ends


Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted March 16, 2005


A one-week media workshop for Liberian line editors ended over the weekend; writes Josiah S. Hallie.

The workshop was organized by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in collaboration with the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), with the theme: “Empowering Media for Sustainable Peace.”
The workshop was aimed at sharpening the skills of media editors in their day-to-day operations as final gatekeepers.

Several topics including the Research Investigation for News Reporting, Media Ethics, Interviewing Techniques, Media Management, among others were discussed.

Over 14 editors from the print and electronic media received certificates of participation at the end of the workshop. Facilitators came from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

During the closing program, PUL’s President Elizabeth Hoff, thanked UNMIL for empowering Liberian media practitioners through training. She called for more women participation in the Liberian media.

For his part, Paul Risley, spokesman for UN Mission in Liberia, described the workshop as training of trainers. He said he appreciates the time spent by the journalists thinking about how to convey information.

Mr. Risley said that one of the most responsibilities of journalists whether print or radio is to provide information. “We are focusing on the political side of that because this is exciting part; we know the best and that is what we are interested in,” the UN spokesman noted.

He said election is coming after so many years of conflict and this is an opportunity for Liberians to step into a new age. He said to make this transition possible, journalists are to be at the forefront.

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer, Christiana Porche talked about the free flow of information as being important to democracy. According to her, looking at advancing democracy which involves proactive stand, media practitioners are an equal partner because they are critical multiplier.

She said journalists will have to do more by conveying messages so that lives can be saved. The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer also said that print media is significant because most of the intellectuals abroad are looking up to the print to get more information.

Speaking on be half of the Minister of Information Dr. C. William Allen, Deputy Information Minister for Planning and Research, Richmond Anderson, called on Liberians media especially print to focus their reportage on elections by educating the voters, saying that news papers should at least carry something on the earpiece on elections.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Anderson has offered five scholarships to five female students desirous of studying Mass Communication at Symthe Institute of Technology.

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