Yei Journalists Graduate With Basic Skills

The journalists were encouraged to develop the spirit of voluntarism, by volunteering in the local media houses to further cement the skills acquired from the training. [Petia Suliman Loro]

Ephraim urges the graduates to stick to the journalism ethics and code of conduct by reporting accurate information and avoid being biased.

He said Journalism is the fourth pillar of government and it is an instrument for information dissemination to the public.

Ephraim added that, Journalism needs commitment and self sacrifice as it is one of the sensitive institution linking the citizens and the government.

He also encouraged the Journalist to develop the spirit of voluntarism, by volunteering in the local media houses in the county to further cement the skills acquired from the training.

Ephraim said that, the 23 graduates stand a high chance of being employed at Star FM and South Sudan Television once they are installed in in Yei River County.

“It is through the roles played by the media houses and various journalists in Yei County that led to the approval of the money for the construction of Yei – Lasu Road, Operation Theatre at Yei Civil Hospital and the donor of a secondary school to the county by the governor of Central Equatoria State,” Ephraim said.

The county has a plan to establish a media centre where youth would be trained on basic computer skills, music productions and other technical skills.

Poverty Alfred Taban, a facilitator at the training said, the training costed US$ 3,000 and was funded by Grand Report Online Media, a United States Non Governmental Organization supporting the young journalists reporting in South Sudan.

Taban said it is the task of the journalists to work as a team but not as an individual.

Meanwhile Agele Bernard the Chairman Union of Journalist of South Sudan Yei Sub- committee said the union is lobbying for more funds to train more young journalists from Yei and other neighboring counties.

He said the graduates should keep the laws of the state and work ethically.

Agele encouraged the graduates to work hard and seek more training to build on the basic knowledge that they have acquired from the training.

Yei County is the second county after Juba City in terms of media coverage and the number of Local and International Journalists within the county have played a great role in promoting peace and development in the county and the whole of South Sudan.

With these 23 young Journalists, the county expects high outputs in terms of information dissemination.

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