GPU commences 3 Days Training for Sport Journalists

By Kebba Jeffang
The Gambia Press Union (GPU) on Thursday, 20th November, 2014 commenced a three days training for members of the Sports Journalists Association of the Gambia (SJAG) in order to develop their reporting skills in relation to media ethics and laws that govern the media in the country.
Speaking at the opening, the 1ST Vice President of SJAG, Mr. Baboucar  Ceesay, said the training is important and timely as it addresses the need for its members to become more professional in their work and which can be guaranteed when they are well trained. He noted that journalists do make inadvertent infringements when reporting stories on a daily basis, but added that with such trainings, these mistakes can be identified and addressed.
Mr. Lamin Cham, a veteran sports journalist and also a member of SJAG, said capacity building is important in order to deliver as expected. He said this will ensure a fine end product to the readership, audience and viewers. He however called on the members of the association to increase their commitment, passion and dedication in order to satisfy the public.
Mr. Gibairu Janneh, the Executive Director of GPU, said the practice of sport journalism in the Gambian media is increasing and as such there is need for capacity building for reporters engaged in this area.
He finally thanked UNDP for their support and revealed that such training is part of a series of events that will be organised for journalists in all areas.