By Jefferson D. Tweh
The Publisher and Managing Editor of the Inquirer Newspaper, Atty. Philip N. Wesseh has demonstrated his commitment at a one day press club workshop for Trinity United Methodist School students in the Borough of New Kru Town, on the Bushrod Island on Friday, January 17, 2014.
The workshop was intended to educate students how to gather information as well as writing and developing great interest in the field of journalism.
Mr. Wesseh told the students that to become successful in the field of journalism; one has to be respectful, disciplined and committed to the profession at all times.
“In your school, the press club will be responsible to gather news such as appointments, dismissals, suspensions, expulsions, projects, honors and sporting events all of which are news to be published in school newspapers,” Mr. Wesseh said.
Mr. Wesseh further stated, ”If you want to interview an individual as a reporter, you have to be persuasive and polite and for the person to talk to you and have friendly approach but do not be aggressive as a reporter during the interview; exhibit good manner of approach to the news maker.”
“Always make sure to balance a story that has to do with allegations before publishing it because failure to do that would lead you in big trouble because such story should not be one side of your reportage but balance it,” Mr. Wesseh admonished the students.
Mr. Wesseh also told the students that journalism is considered as multiplicity of other disciplines and that the press club is the number in the school because press club has a responsibility to report on issues in the school.
Furthermore, Mr. Wesseh explained that for an individual to become a journalist, he or she needs to have passion for the profession and put in more time because the profession is very tedious and strenuous.
“I was just like you; I started the press club at D. Tweh Memorial High School and I wrote many articles in the newspaper and based on my seriousness and hard work, I was employed at the Daily Observer Newspaper and today I have spent 30 years of service in the field of journalism. You can do the same provided if you are serious and take the profession as a great opportunity at your disposal,” Mr. Wesseh averred.
Meanwhile, the principal of Trinity United Methodist School, Rev. John Kwan has lauded the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Inquirer Newspaper, Mr. Philip N. Wesseh, for the great opportunity provided to some of the students who are actually interested in becoming journalists.
“Let me admit that the workshop has made a significant impact on those students who are interested in becoming journalists and it takes a time to have such a great man to come here and educate our students how to gather news, write and report it. Bravo to you Mr. Wesseh and we hope to see you again,” Rev. Kwan concluded.