11.10.2017
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Journalists equiped with skills on post - election reporting

From 2nd  to 11st October 2017, The Media High Council deployed 28 journalists into all districts of North , South , West and East Province to do hands-on-training on post election reporting.

The main objective of the training  to enhance media contribution to deepening democracy and to promote accountable governance.

Addressing to trainees, Peacemaker  Mbungiramihigo, The Executive Secretary of the Media High Council, said that the training will enable journalists to assess   elected officials promises, actions, and policies, progresses.

« This important training will enable journalists to cover almost all districts which will help them see the picture of the whole country about the progress of elected local leaders in putting  into practice the government policies . »

He added that the  training also will help journalists to discuss with citizens and local leaders to do advocacy and informing citizens where necessary.

Local leaders salute the initiative of the Media High Council of bringing journalists in remote area of the country. They said that this program enhanced media professionalism.

« The journalists are the key partners because they help us raise awareness of government programs and educate citizens. They help us also know some gaps and address them without delay. » said HABITEGEKO François Mayor of Nyaruguru District.

Journalists also emphasized on how the practical training play a vital role to enhance their professionalism. 

« It is very amazing for me to cover article from the border between Burundi and Rwanda in Gisagara District. It is my first time to arrive here ! Through this training I produced professional articles, reflecting on the citizens’needs. » Rose MUKAGAHIZI from Imvaho nshya said.

Beatrice Bikiza , the staff in charge of cooperatives in Mukingo sector  also testified that the program of bringing journalists to the source of information enhanced the good cooperation between  journalists and  local leaders.

« We feared journalists because in past they came as prosecutors.But when you started these practical trainings on field,journalists have improved their professionalism and have discipline. Even when they reach the areas where there are some problems they ask you the measures that we intend to put in place to solve those problems. So, they are  no longer considered  as prosecutors. I really appreciate the  Media High Council’s  contribution in enhancing media professionalism. » She said.

According to Dushimimana Ngabo Emmanuel from Isangano radio, this training equiped him with skills on how to approach local leaders for getting information.

« This training helped me know how the local leaders value the journalists and journalism in general. In addition, I realised that they have a lot of things to do. So, in case I need to talk to them if I don’t find them, I will know that they are busy with urgent work not refusing to give me information I need. »

Trainees spent 10 days in remote areas discussing  with citizens and local leaders. The articles produced during the training have been published into their respective media houses. 

By  Denyse KANZAYIRE 

Public Relations Officer