As a customary, The INQUIRER Newspaper has once again opened its offices to vacation students who have expressed their desire to be trained in the profession of Journalism. Unlike previous students who expressed their interests in other departments, including the Computer and Business the institution has received four students, including one female who have further expressed their interests in becoming the next breed of journalists to make positive contributions in society through their reports.
The young students in separate statements said they admire the profession and are willing to make the sacrifices by adding their voices to the senior professionals in keeping the public informed on events as they unfold.
The students include, Denise Garpue, 23, a 2012 graduate of the SOS Hermann-Gmeiner International School in Matadi Estate; Isaiah koffa, 14, a 9th grader at the Trinity United Methodist High School in the Borough of New Kru Town; Rufus Karlay, 18, also a 2012 graduate of the Assembly of God Mission High School in Caldwell andAbu B. Sheriff, 21, a 2012 graduate of the B.W. Harris Episcopal High School in Monrovia.
Quizzed on why they chose to be journalists, the students had separate reasons and insisted that they won’t relent until they can rise to the international level and be on par with their colleagues around the world.
Denise Garpue, in a serious mood indicated that she wants to be more informed on activities, not just in Liberia but around the world. She said with such knowledge, she would pass the information on to others through her reports.
Denise said information is power and one can make sound decisions if they are well informed. “I want to make that sacrifice in telling the people what they need to know on a daily basis,” she added.
Little Isaiah Koffa, in a relaxed mood said, “I love Mr. Wesseh and I do enjoy him so much especially whenever I listen to him on radio. I know that I am a child but I want to be like Mr. Wesseh because he is a strong man in the profession.”
Still not satisfied, the 14-year old boy said, “I believe that I will be like him one day. It is because of him that I want to be a journalist and thank God that I am taking my training at the INQUIRER.”
Student Rufus Karlay said being a journalist would keep him more informed on events around the country and the world.
Rufus who also expressed his love for the profession said, he admires Mr. Philip Wesseh and the manner in which he (Mr. Wesseh) continues to conduct himself in executing his duties. Rufus expressed hope that he would succeed and be the next Mr. Wesseh in Liberia.
Abu Sheriff was quick to state that it is through journalism that he has learned a lot on things that are happening around the world. He said though it is sometimes difficult for journalists to gather the news but he is excited that in their determination to inform the public, they always double their efforts to get the news.
“I see this as a challenge, and I love the profession and I want to be a part of this noble group, especially whenever I listen to Mr. Wesseh on the radio. I will do the best I can to learn while I am here so that I can become a good journalist tomorrow,” Abu stated.
The INQUIRER boss, Philip N. Wesseh expressed satisfaction that his work in the profession has also been admired by the youths. He urged the students to be focused and vigilant during this period of their training.
He reminded them that the profession is not a ‘bluffing’ job instead one must have a passion to become successful, especially with the low salary that is involved.
“If you do well, you will be more famous than me, but don’t get carried away by the popularity and lose your focus. This job is not for children; I am glad that you have started learning at an early stage. You will be great if you are determined,” Mr. Wesseh stated.
The INQUIRER boss also welcomed the students and urged them to take advantage of every good thing they see. He reminded them to always ask questions where they have doubts.