Veteran Liberian Journalist, Jonathan Paye-Layleh on Monday, 27 May conducted a day symposium with journalists at the Trumpet Baptist Central Church in Ganta.
The symposium was the first ever to be conducted by the veteran who has served as professional journalist for over 35 years.
Over 40 journalists from across Nimba County were part of the historic lecture with the long serving reporter.
Mr. Paye-Layleh lectured on several topics to include fair/unfair editing, writing news paper story leads, editing press releases, interview technique hiding and throwing bombs, news gathering, sources of news amongst other.
The nearly four hours discussion was mostly interactive between the BBC correspondent and the young media personel.
The symposium was organized by the Administration of the Jonathan Paye-Layleh School of Journalism in Ganta, a school named in the honor of the old-timer.
Journalists who attended the daylong activity did not only enormously benefit a great deal of knowledge, but it was an opportunity for scores of them to have interface with the old hand reporter.
“I felt so proud to be part of this lecture today from our veteran. I’ve been hearing about you reporting on BBC, but seeing here today to also learn from you is a great opportunity for me.”
James Mataldi, a reporter of Radio Karn Voice of Peace in Karnplay asserted.
“Mr. Paye-Layleh, we want to say a big thank you to you, for feeding us with this great knowledge here today and we hope that you’ll continue this [lecture].” James Biah, Program Director and reporter of Radio Saclepea revealed.
At the end of the lecture, Mr. Paye-Layleh presented a token of 20, 000 Liberian Dollars to journalists who attended the symposium as a means of augmenting their transportation as they journeyed back home.
Of the twenty thousand Liberian Dollars, 15, 000 was given to journalists who came from out of Ganta like Saclepea, Tappita, Bahn, Karnplay, Sanniquellie and other distant places whilst those from Ganta and proximate environment pocketed the rest.
Given the important role the media plays in the fragile society of Liberia, Mr. Paye-Layleh has promised to continuously host such important discussion with journalists not just in Ganta, but to extend to other parts of the county.
“This is just the beginning of the many lectures we’ll have together. We’ll extend this to other parts of the county, thanks for your time and attention.” He concluded.