A 3 day workshop aimed at increasing the understanding and interest of Journalists reporting on the water, sanitation and hygiene sector of the country opened Thursday in Monrovia.Speaking at the start of the three day WASH Media Workshop, WaterAid Team Leader for Liberia and Sierra Leone, Mr. Apollos Nwafor, his entity considers water and sanitation as essential to human development.Mr. Nwafor called on the WASH Journalists to focus their reporting on WASH issues and how it relates to human development.
In release , the WaterAid team leader for Liberia and Sierra Leone, said it is the duty of the media to ensure that politicians and other key actors in the country make good their promises concerning the WASH Sector of Liberia.
The WaterAid boss also called on WASH Journalists to highlight the plight of the disabled and the less fortunate in their reportage due to the lack of safe drinking water and sanitation.He cautioned the WASH Journalists to use the work as a reflection of their responsibilities to instigate government to put in place the requisite WASH programs to create an enabling WASH environment.He also reminded the Media Practitioners to build a character of public trust as they go about performing their reportorial duties. Mr. Nwafor said, if the public put their trust in the media, more responsibilities will be given to the media to perform.
He urged the Journalists to seek means through which they can maintain the trust of the public. The WaterAid team leader disclosed that , one of the surest way of the media gaining the confidence of the masses is through their reportage.A release from the WASH Reporters & Editors Network of Liberia, disclosed that day one of the workshop is set aside for reporters, while day two is for editors.The release also quotes the WASH Media Group as saying that the last day of the workshop will be an active forum amongst reporters and editors, to be followed by the way forward for WASH Journalism in Liberia.
Facilitators of the workshop include, the Press Union of Liberia President , Mr. Peter Quaqua and he will be lecturing on the topic ,Key Tips for making WASH stories attractive and News worthy.Mr. Prince Kreplah Chairman of the Civil Society Organizations WASH Network of Liberia will be discussing the topic National & International Policies on WASH Commitment and campaign, while Mr. Charles Coffey, Director of News and Public Affairs at the Liberia Broadcasting System on will be lecturing "Investigative Reporting, How it fits within the WASH sector".Facilitators of the 3 day WASH Media Workshop include Press Union of LiberiaThe Workshop is been held under the theme "Increasing Media Focus on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and is taking place in the conference room of the WASH Reporters & Editors Network of Liberia.