By Antoinette Sendolo
The Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC) has ended a one week thematic training workshop for journalists on women and children in post-Ebola recovery in Liberia.
The training which was held at the Liberia Media Center (LMC) was intended to train journalists how to report on issues affecting women and children in Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery and as well as being gender sensitive in their daily reportage.
The training also sought to change journalists’ style of reporting from the regular politics to reporting on developmental issues which have direct impact of the lives of citizens and also help journalists be specialists.
Speaking at the end of the training LIWOMAC’s, president Estelle Nelson encouraged the participants to be more involved with reporting stories that will bring about change in the society stressing that the media plays a major role in the development of any nation.
She said in order for Liberians to experience change, journalists must focus on issues that affect the lives of the ordinary Liberians rather than always reporting those political stories that interest politicians adding that the media is a key player in the post-Ebola recovery process in the country.
For his part, Mr. Frank Sainworla talked about the importance of reporting on developmental issues as a journalist. He said developmental reporting is important because it brings about changes in a particular community or the society at large.
Mr. Sainworla stressed that in order for journalists to make impact in the society, they should prioritize reporting on issues that impact the lives of larger population and stop being used by politicians who are only interested in promoting themselves.
The LIWOMAC thematic training for journalists brought together several reporters from across the country and started with a special session on Gender sensitive reporting followed by session on developmental reporting, and reporters were later sent on the field to practice what they were taught.