Journalists trained on mobilizing citizens to use ICT in development

28 journalists from different media houses were practically trained on mobilizing citizens to use ICT in development. The training has been organized by Media High Council in collaboration with the Ministry of ICT & Innovation and Rwanda Information Society Authority

The training took place in different districts, namely Musanze, Bugesera, Huye and Rusizi from 10th-14thDecember 2019, but was preceded by a briefing meeting at MHC premises on 9thDecember2019.

During the opening session, Denyse Kanzayire, the Director of Media Content, Research and Development at Media High Council, said it was organized with aim to implement the resolutions of the Africa day of Information celebrated on 8th November 2019, and to equip journalists with skills and knowledge regarding the Rwanda ICT sector profile and their role of mobilizing citizens on the usage of ICT in their daily life.

“A good journalists is the one who always wants to learn new skills and accepts to be corrected. I urge you to be professional, creative and innovative in your reporting style in order to avoid plagiarism.” Kanzayire told journalists.

In a brief meeting, facilitators from MINICT and RISA explained to journalist participants the Rwanda’s Digital Transformation Landscape and the role of media in ICT promotion among the citizens.
During the practical training, trainees covered stories on different topics that include the use of ICT in health, agriculture, transport, business, etc. Those stories were published in their respective media outlets. They had time to talk to the citizens and local leaders on different ICT related matters.

During the closing ceremony, all groups shared experiences on how their filed went. Jean Claude Mutuyeyezu works with RBA and was representing the group that was based in Musanze District. On behalf of the group, he appreciated the training, but requested Media High Council to organize the second phase so that they can do a follow on stories they covered, to train them on ICT as journalists and to increase the facilitation fees.

Denyse Kanzayire, the Director of Media Content, Research and Development ensured trainees that recommendations addressed to Media High Council will be taken into consideration.
Journalist participants were awarded certificates after completing this 6 day training.

Prepared by Ezechiel MBANANABO
Ag. Public Relations and Communication Officer