LMC Concludes Forest Reform Investigative Journalism Training

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By: Mark G. Gray (Sinoe County Correspondent)

The Liberia Media Center, with support from DEFID through the Multi-Stakeholders Forest Governance Project over the weekend, concluded phase one of a three-day forest reform investigative Journalism training for rural media practitioners.

LMC Director of Programs Mr. Francis S. Brewer said the training is in continuation of the MFGAP forest reform reporting project.

He said the training objective is to enable media workers to understand investigative journalism, equip independent media workers with basics skills needed to conduct full flesh investigation.

The training was also intended to generate feedbacks from community and forest stakeholder’s interaction with earlier trained reporters.

Mr. Brewer said to unearth hidden issues and contribute to the development of the Liberian forest sector, journalists must be able to have the investigative requisite skills, to efficiently and effectively report on the sector.

He added that most Liberian journalist interests are into press releases, press conferences, and such dynamic needs to change.

Journalists that benefited from the training came from Gbarbolu, Lofa, Nimba Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Sinoe Grand Bassa, River cess and Monteserrsdo.

He further lamented that the second batch of journalists from other counties is set to benefit similar training in Montserrado County soon.

Closing up the session Mr. Victor A. Mayue, Senior Programs Director at the Liberia Media Center, render appreciation to funding partners for their continuous efforts in media development.

He encouraged journalists to be very professional in carrying out their investigation and using basic journalism tools to enhance their reportage.

Speaking on behalf of participants, Janet Clepan and Aaron Geazay, lauded the facilitators for their brilliant presentation and challenged media colleagues to use the lesson learned from the training in performing their duty as journalists.

The three days event which was held in Greenville from August 19-22, 2020, brought together 16 Journalists in Liberia.