The International Centre For Journalists (ICFJ) in collaboration with Flare and The Gambia Press Union (GPU) on Saturday concluded a four-day training programme for Gambian journalists, on investigative reporting, at GPU secretariat.
The aim of the training was to equip Gambian journalists with requisite skills to professionally write investigative stories.
During the four-day interactive session, participants covered vital issues regarding investigative journalism; notably, the purpose of investigative journalism, telling investigative stories and the role of media in investigative reporting, among host of others.
In his official opening statement, Emil Touray, the president of the GPU, acknowledged that they are proud of associating with such initiative, considering its vitality. He urged journalists not to confine themselves to workshop reporting but investigative reporting as well.
"The purpose of this training is to change the status quo for the better," Touray pointed out, maintaining that investigative reporting would have the potential to detect bad practices in the country.
The GPU prezy finally advised participants to share experience, with a view to learn from each other, while urging them to give the best impression throughout the course.
For his part, Alieu Sagnia, the ICFJ country coordinator, praised the lead consultant of the training, who is from Nigeria, for his expertise on investigative journalism, noting that Gambian journalists would learn a lot from him.
He then disclosed that the 2nd phase of this training would be held early 2013.
Madi Jobarteh, the representative of Flare, indicated that investigative journalism is essential in terms of ending such vices as corruption, criminalities among others, in societies. "The significance of investigative journalism is to detect and expose bad practices for the benefit of the general public," he emphasised, noting that Flare is proud to be part of the training.