Held at Paradise Suites hotel, the capacity building training, called Write-shop for journalists, was funded by the European Union, through the Gambia –EU cooperation.
Mr Salimina Jobe, the national coordinator of GCCA, said: “Journalists in The Gambia require regular streams of accurate information and statistics on coastal issues in order to write fair and balanced articles. Only a few journalists have background in the environment sciences and that most are not well equipped to understand or interpret data about coastal issues.”
According to him, the write-shop presented background information and explained scientific findings on selected topics.
He said: “With support of NEA staff, individual journalists will prepare feature articles for publication on topics of interest so as to help promote greater public understanding of NEA work in the sustainable management of the Gambian environment in general.”
Borry Mansa, programme officer for NEA in the West Coast Region (WCR), said: “Journalists should explore and access information that must be refined for public consumption. It must be with professionalism because anytime they go wrong is destructive. They have to have basic knowledge of the matter.”]]>