22 November 2012

Gambia: Observer Senior Reporter Wins 'Best Participant Award' in Taiwan

A senior reporter with the Daily Observer, who is currently attending a 14-day training on Taiwan's media development in the Asian Island Republic, Tuesday won the 'Best Participant Award' at the end of the training.

Amadou Jallow, also the Youth Matters anchor of the Daily Observer newspaper, was among 28 journalists from Taiwan's 28 ally countries attending the 2012 training.

The award ceremony, which took place at the Golden China Hotel in Taipei, also witnessed the presentation of other awards and certificates of participation to participants.

The two-week training was sponsored by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and organised by the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF).

Presenting the award to Jallow, Chang-Ching Yeh, the director of ICDF International Education and Training Department, commended him for his outstanding achievement and steadfastness during the course of the training. He also congratulated all the participants for their successful completion of the training, adding that during the course of the two weeks, they have all been giving and taking the different varieties of media development, including the strategic thinking that is required in the profession.

Yeh told Jallow that awarding him the certificate is reminding him of great challenges ahead of him. He encouraged him to be always focused in whatever he does.He also told all the journalists that the ICDF and the people of Taiwan are strongly impressed with their determination during the course of the training. "We trust that the knowledge you gained from here will boost your capacity and you will replicate it in your media institutions. This will boost ICDF's future trainings and the bilateral relations between Taiwan and her ally countries," he added. He also reminded them that after the completion of the training, they are qualified to be members of Taiwan Alumni Association in their countries.

Franklin FY Chen, the assistant director general of the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Department of International Cooperation and Economic Affairs, reminded the journalists that they are part of the world's must globalised institution and that their profession is a combination of many disciplines, including profound instinct.

"This training has provided you with an economic class ticket. We have tried to provide you with the concept to be a good media," he further told them.He also challenged the media practitioners to always endeavour to respond to the higher course of their profession for the common good of humanity, saying "let the truth be your invoice, may it be your everything".

In his vote of thanks on behalf of the participants, Carlos Mendoza from Honduras said the programme was a very competitive one and they have learnt from each other and gained huge knowledge about Taiwan's media development. As journalists, he said, they will do their best make use of the knowledge. "We have seen the advancement in Radio, TV and newspapers in Taiwan. Based on its premises, Taiwan's media has come high up," he remarked.

The 2012 Taiwan Media Development training, which commenced on November 7th, 2012, placed special emphasis on broadcast media and the social responsibilities that such media carries.

During the course of the training, participants discussed on how new generations of reporting tools are becoming available to those in the media and learned how the industry remains a key driver of social diversification. They also learned about these issues through specific case studies with visits to both public and private media institutions and universities in Taiwan.

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