Media practitioners acquired skills to report on 7Year Government Programs.
Kigali, on 24thMarch 2017, Media practitioners from different media houses operating in Rwanda concluded 8 days training to report on 7 Year Government Programs implementation. The aforementioned training held in 8 districts such as Huye, Nyamagabe, Muhanga , kamonyi , Musanze, Burera, Rubavu and Nyabihu , from 17th -24th March 2017.
The training aimed at empowering journalists to realize their potential and effectively report on national development programs and raise awareness on these issues within the government and at the level of the general public.
Addressing to trainees, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo, the Executive Secretary of the Media High Council said that this kind of practical training increases the professionalism of media practitioners.
“This field training helped you to go to the source of information, to discuss with citizens and local leaders which will enable you to produce professional stories, balanced and centred to the need of citizens”. He said.
He added that this kind of training will promote the access to information law and increase the relationship between local leaders and journalists. He emphasized that it is a way of supporting financially media practitioners to cover stories in remote areas. He concluded by saying that the Government of Rwanda through the Media High Council is ready to support media sector in order to build a professional and vibrant media sector to play a vital role in country development.
According to trainees, the training was very fruitful to them and recommended the Media High Council to conduct perpetually such kind of training.
Janet Kanyana, one of the trainees from Umusingi newspaper said:
“This is my first time to attend this field training; I acquired more skills that will help me produce professional stories.” Before attending this training I did not know how to write a good title, a lead and conclusion. I used to put many ideas in one article, but now, I am able to write a professional article myself.”
Flugence Hakizuwera a trainee from Royal TV appreciated the training.
“I thank the Media High Council to invite private and public media houses, and to mix journalists from print, online, radio and TV. This helped us share different experiences, and this also showed us the good will of the Government to support media development in Rwanda.”
Thomas Banganiriho from Ingenzi newspaper said that he appreciated how local leaders understand the role of media nowadays in promoting good governance because they were feared journalists over the past few years.
The aforementioned training drew together 28 journalists from different media outlets. The news stories produced have been published within their respective media outlets.
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