The Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) says it will continue conducting short journalism training courses to advance journalism skills among the citizenry.
MIJ broadcasting services manager Roselyn Makhambera was speaking in Blantyre when she presented certificates to 20 participants to a five-day training in broadcasting, news writing, reporting and media ethics, among others.
She said social media has led to the proliferation of citizen journalism which has also led to the spread of fake news; hence, the need for the training if every citizen is to be responsible for whatever information they share.
“The short courses, which are set to continue, have come as a response to the enormous demand for media training. Some want to enhance their news writing, reporting and broadcasting skills. Some want to pursue a career in journalism while others want to be familiar with the practical aspect of it.
“We also want to bridge the gap which has been there, particularly considering that some colleges do not have studios, as such, they only concentrate on theory,” said Makhambera.
She hailed the turnout in the pilot phase, saying going forward, they plan to introduce similar courses in Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
One of the trainees Aubrey Mkwanda, a music producer from Machinga, said the training was an eye-opener and helped to improve his skills.
“Now that I am trained and have this credible certificate, I want to start contributing to various media platforms as a citizen journalist. My appeal is that the mainstream media should welcome us and allow us to showcase our skills and talents,” he said.
Lucious Khomani from Blantyre said he participated in the course because he plans to pursue a career in journalism.
Among the topics offered during the training were media ethics, script writing, programme presentation, Disc Joking, and news writing and reporting, among others.