21 June 2016

Liberia: Internews Trains Journalists in Health Reporting

Over 20 journalists from several media houses in Monrovia and the 15 counties Tuesday started a three-day "Health Reporting Journalism" training organized by Internews Liberia, under its "Information Save Lives" project.

The training is aimed at building the skills of the journalists in being specialized in reporting on health and health-related issues. The journalists, upon completion of the training, will form part of Internews 2016 Journalism Health Reporting Fellowship.

Speaking at the start of the training in Monrovia, Internews Communication Officer Samuka Konneh urged the journalists to take the training seriously because reporting the rightful information is important in saving lives, blaming the outrage of the Ebola virus in Liberia to the lack of proper information sharing.

Konneh admonished the journalists to take out time to report on health and health- related issues in an effort to help the government build a resilient health sector.

Serving as head facilitator, Internews Media Consultant Maureen Sieh told the journalists that health care is everybody's business and as such the media should hold the Government accountable for the health of its people.

She urged them to go beyond press conferences and press releases and familiarize themselves with sources in the health care sector, ranging from medical doctors to nurses, community health care workers and staff at local hospitals to report on the health sector effectively.

Sieh urged journalists to constantly read policy documents, memos, budgets of health care centers and also familiarize themselves with data and statistics on communicable diseases and other illness tracked by the government in order to strengthen their reporting.

The Internews 2016 Journalism Health Reporting Fellowship will last for the next six months with fellows being charged to report one quality story every month.

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