By Jok P Mayom
Lydia Gachinga, UNESCO Communication’s Officer said the training is a joint effort between the UNESCO and Swedish Government to foster peace and sustainable development through building capacities and strengthening skills of young media professionals in professional media production through photography.
Amongst the trainers are the two international photojournalists; Mr. Russell Frederick of Kamoinge photographers from New York and Mrs. Frederique Cifuentes a distinguished photojournalists trainer from London .
Lydia said, “This activity is a precursor to a one month regional training in media production foreseen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October 2015 which aims at providing a platform for journalists from the different countries to share good practices.”
She explained that during the two weeks training, six key areas will be covered; basic journalism skills including freedom of expression, history of photograph, best practices in digital photojournalism including photo message development.
She also added that the trainers will also be equipped with one conflict sensitive reporting, computer skills in editing photos using digital software and ethics in photojournalism.
Justin Aleer de Mayen, the Under Secretary in the National Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on his key note speech described the training as the real beginning of work of journalism.
“To you as a person, by building your careers, it is the real beginning of work of journalism” said Aleer.
Aleer said that the people of South Sudan want their voice to be hard all over the world through the good work of journalism.
“Am urging all of you as the starters of this profession to take this course very serious, taking it very serious because imagine somebody coming across Atlantic ocean to come here and give you a tool to put you in a stronger position of your work” Aleer stressed.
“If you don’t take it serious, what else will you take serious in your lives. They have traveled to cross the Atlantic Ocean to come and deliver you this tool” he told the trainees at the training.
“Am sure after this training, some of you will be different from where you were yesterday” he added.
“Journalism is self-initiative yes during the college you get the degree but you don’t have that self-initiative. Journalism is not like any administrative work, it requires you to get out and look for the right material for the work” he concluded.
Richard Sultan, The Juba Telegraph Newspaper journalist attending the training expressed his happiness and appreciates UNESCO for the training.
Sultan applauds the training saying it is more of practical than the theory. “I am happy because the training is more of practical and this can give quick understanding” he said.
The interactive training is being attended by a total of about 20 photojournalists in Juba at Land Mark Hotel from different media houses including The Juba Telegraph English daily newspaper, Almougif Arabic daily newspaper, South Sudan Television or SSTV.
The training is also being attended by some students interested in the field of photojournalism.