Barely three weeks before Christmas and New Year festive season, TNM plc organised a two-day media retreat, from Saturday to Sunday, for journalists from selected institutions in the country.
The event took place at Makokola Retreat formerly Club Makokola in Mangochi.
Close to 30 journalists from all the regions of the country, including top figures in the industry like Nations Publications Limited managing editor Ephraim Munthali and acting controller of news and current affairs at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Vincent Khonyongwa, Times Group editor Pilirani Kachinziri, were part of the team.
It was a fun-filled package for the journalists on the first day which included beach games, treasure hunting complete with prizes, after which there was a sun-downer of beers and ciders.
In the evening, the journalists enjoyed a four-course dinner consisting of both continental and local flavours. Soon after it was a dancing party characterised by a variety of drinks.
The journalists then engaged in a dancing competition and again TNM gave out presents to the winners.
On the second day, the media were treated to an English breakfast befitting royalty after which they went for a boat ride circling the famous Birds Island a 45-minute stretch from Makokola Retreat.
“We want you to forget the stress and hustle of the newsroom and just relax and enjoy yourserves. As TNM we value the important role the media play in the development of the country through provision of relevant information. This retreat is our way of showing appreciation for the support you have given to TNM,” said TNM chief sales and marketing officer Dan Makata.
Khonyongwa thanked TNM for the retreat.
“This is good and commendable from TNM. You did this last year and you have done it again this year. Apart from the fun itself, this offers a platform for journalists from different media institutions to network, bond and share experiences,” he said.
Times Group’s William Kumwembe, who won the dancing competition, said he had lots of fun. n