‘Professionalism Brings Respect’…INQUIRER Boss Tells Staff

By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie

The Managing Editor of the INQUIRER newspaper Atty. Philip N. Wesseh has urged the editorial staff of the newspaper to continue to adhere to high professional standard, as required in the profession they have chosen.    He said The INQUIRER, as the oldest, and only surviving post-war independent newspaper, should continue to set example that others would follow.

He noted that professionalism brings respect and credibility. Therefore, he urged the employees to always ensure that in whatever they do in the journalism profession, ethical standard should be practiced, adding, ”Never rush to write any story; always make sure of the facts.”

The Managing Editor was speaking last weekend when he held a year-end get-together for his staff at a local restaurant. The occasion also coincided with the annual secret pal exchange of gifts usually organized by the employees themselves.

During the occasion, Mr. Wesseh praised the staff for their hard work during the course of the year. He also presented gifts to four employees who he said exceedingly performed well and exhibited high degree of  commitment, dedication and hard work during the year 2013.

The four employees recognized and given token of appreciation were Legislative reporter, Alva Mulbah Wolokolie, Web Master, Varney K.  Sirleaf; Advertisement Manager, Jennie Fallah-Wounuah and cashier,Margaret Weagba.

At a program marking a year-end party of the institution held at a local entertainment center on Gurley Street, Mr. Wesseh lauded the entire staff but specifically complimented the four employees for going extra mile while performing duties at the work site.

Mr. Wesseh acknowledged that to run a newspaper is not an easy task but that the most important aspect to maintain is to always illustrate a high degree of professionalism.

He warned reporters and other staffs who are reneging on the job to redouble their efforts because a new code of conduct would be introduced soon this 2014 as a direct instrument to check on each employee.

Mr. Wesseh challenged reporters to work harder in covering their various beats, noting that there have been some lapses in this regard. He then urged reporters to make use of their assignments and report diligently on the job.

The year-end party was divided into two activities. The first phase which was also organized by employees themselves saw co-workers exchanging gifts among themselves while the second phase was the recognition of deserving employees followed by a presentation of cash.