By Samsideen Ceesay
Journaists from various media houses lately wind-up a training to boost their intellects on ethical reporting of children.
The three-day course was staged in Jenoi—Lower River Region, bringing together journalists from community radio’s, students of the UTG School of Journalism and the Gambia Press Union Media Academy.
“The way and manner in which sensitive issues connecting children are reported, can be very harmful to them and their future,” Demba Kandeh, the director of training at the press union, stated.
In that regard, it was expected that the Jenoi training equip both reporters and presenters on sensitive issues surrounding the covering, reporting and presenting on children or issues underpinning them.
To that end, Kandeh challenged journalists to conform themselves with ethics and good conducts when reporting on issues of children, telling them to always ‘think like a journalist and act as parents.’
The managing director of the press union, Sang mendy accentuates the importance of responsible journalism.
Trainer, Musa Barrow, reminded the participants that The Gambia as a signatory to several international treaties, and conventions, on the rights of the child, it was important they make best use of knowledge and skills gained during the training.
Participant Sainey Dibba, commended the GPU, and supporters ChildFund The, for a training he regarded “timely,” and promised that lessons learned “will be put into reality.”
Certificates were awarded to the participants.