10 December 2012

Gambia: Foroyaa Journalist Talks to John Pickrin SSS Students

John Pickrin Senior Secondary School located in Kombo Daranka has called on Kebba Camara a reporter with Foroyaa newspaper to address it's press club at the school recently.

Our reporter was received by the head of the press club at the school alongside the school principal and his vice.

In his welcoming remarks, Mr. Kodeba, the moderator of the press club, told his members as promised that they have started inviting journalists who are already in the field to train aspiring journalist at the school's press club. Mr. Kodeba, the teacher responsible for the press club told the students that they are starting with a Foroyaa reporter but that they have plans to invite more reporters to the school to talk to the press club. He said they also have plans to be visiting media houses in the Gambia very soon and that they want to start with Foroyaa newspaper. He outlined projects that his determined journalists are working on. It is at this stage that he introduced Kebba Camara to the young upcoming journalists.

Speaking to over 50 students in a classroom who showed interest in becoming journalists, Mr. Kebba Camara told the aspiring journalists that he is really impressed to see such a vibrant press club comprising young people interested in becoming journalists even though the journalism is such a challenging profession in The Gambia. Mr camara told the young students that he himself was a student reporter and a column was allocated for him in Foroyaa newspaper where he wrote on issues affecting students. He told the students that he was not only in the press club when he was going to school but was writing in newspapers including the school magazine of Gambia Senior secondary school.

The Foroyaa reporter told the students that they should not expect the job of a journalist to be easy and that they should expect challenges when they come to the field. Kebba told them that his challenge in journalism started when he wrote an article regarding his former school which almost landed him in trouble to the extent of being expelled from the school. He told them to be careful when reporting even on school issues and asked them to be reporting responsibly.

Kebba used the opportunity to outline the Dos and Don'ts in journalism and gave them guidance on how to report news items.

Mr. Camara, a Foroyaa reporter speaking to the press club concluded by telling the student journalists that "the importance of information cannot be over emphasized. The capacities of a well informed people cannot be compared to those who have been kept in ignorance and obscurantism. All of us need information to make important decisions whether we are educationists, economists, business persons or ordinary people. To talk when information is lacking is like talking for the sake of saying nothing, so information is indeed power."

After the session the school's vice principal told the reporter that his coming to the school was very important to the students. Mr Fofana told our reporter that they have good young aspiring student journalists at the school and if guided can be good journalists in the future.

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