A ten-day training on the fundamentals of Agricultural Journalism has kicked off on Tuesday 27th of November 2012 at the Gambia Press Union Building in Fajara.
The training is sponsored by the Gambia Press Union and is in line with its drive to improve the standard of journalism in The Gambia. The course targets agricultural journalists and communicators from the print and electronic media with the ultimate aim of improving the standard of agricultural reporting in The Gambia.
The training brought together 20 Participants drawn from the community and commercial radio stations and journalists from the print media.
According to Per H. Hansen one of the trainers, during the course of the training, participants will be exposed to the role of Agricultural Journalism, how to angle, collection of information, how to do an interview, field trips in which the participants will be interviewing the farmers and as well as writing articles and editing audios.
At the end of the course Per said, participants should be able to
ï€ª Know what good agricultural journalism can do for the farmer
ï€ª Know how to gather information from farmers and experts
ï€ª Create an angle for a story
ï€ª Focus their stories on the needs of the farmers
ï€ª Have an idea on how to produce a program for the radio
In his welcoming remark, Gibairu Janneh, the Secretary General of the Gambia Press Union asserted that Gambia is an agrarian nation and as such he said Agricultural reporting is paramount in the Gambia Press Union agenda, thus the sponsoring of this ten-day training.
S G Janneh asserted that the Gambian Media has been doing very well in terms of Agricultural reporting but taking into consideration the calibre of trainers, he is confident that they will deliver to expectation.
He called on the participants to take the training seriously so as to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to serve the farmers who constitute 70 percent of the Gambian population.
In his opening remarks, Ahmed Alota, Executive Director of Games project asserted that the GPU has for long time been negotiating for this training with the Danish counterpart and it has finally materialized. He called on the participants to seize the opportunity that most of their colleagues lack and build their capacities in order to do their work professionally.