The Liberia Children’s Media Day (LCMD) was launched over the weekend in order to encourage young people across the country who are interested in journalism to take a giant step and make it their profession of choice.
Serving as Chief launcher of the first annual LCMD, Montserrado County District #12 Representative, Richmond Anderson encouraged some hundred students from schools around Monrovia who spent days at the Liberia Broadcasting Service (LBS) as child broadcasters to cherish the profession.
Representative Anderson who is also the Chair on the House Standing Committee on Media and Cultural Affairs further challenged the young broadcasters to prepare themselves for the challenge as a journalist.
He continued that to become a good or a great journalist one must be committed, honest, dedicated and have passion for the profession.
He further called on the young broadcasters to acquire sufficient training as they have embarked on a sojourn that would connect them to the global world.
In close Representative Richmond Anderson said, “This day would last in Liberia for as long as there is Liberia.”
LCMD is a day set aside that allows young people interested in journalism to get a chance to liaise with media groups in the country and receive firsthand experience on how to become a journalist.
The President for the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Peter Quaqua said that the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) started in 1991 to celebrate the day in December under the name International Children’s Broadcasting Day.
However, recently UNICEF asked countries to take ownership of the day; hence the PUL working with UNICEF, UNMIL and the Government of Liberia came out with LCMD.
Mr. Quaqua also stated that the date was moved from December to May as May is also the observance of Press Freedom Day.
He concluded that the Union hopes that come next year during the observance of the day other news agencies would emulate the good gesture of the LBS and allow future journalist to be a part of their institution for the day.