MDI teaches journalists in Malakal in long distance program
By David Mono Danga
The Media Development Institute (MDI) has started training journalists in Malakal, Central Upper Nile State to help equip journalists with basic journalism skills.
The training which was initially designed as an outreach program has turned to be a long distance training program for those in the greater Upper Nile region.
The state’s information minister Peter Aban Amon said they wanted to train the journalists in the state and those in the neighboring states.
“We want radios and newspapers to disseminate our messages out there and make people to know what is happening here in Central Upper Nile. (That was why) we communicated with AMDISS (Association for Media Development in South Sudan) and MDI that we need our people to be trained. Thank God the Institute accepted,” Aban said.
He said the state government has allocated a plot of land for the institute to establish a centre in Malakal town.
He said the Institute will someday become part of the University of Upper Nile, revealing that about twenty five students have enrolled for the program, some of whom were practicing journalists without journalism trainings.
About 25 students attended the seven-day training.
“We had a very good time. Seven days in classes and I think they have gained more knowledge,” Aban noted.
He acknowledged and appreciated MDI for having gone from Juba to Malakal to teach the journalist in the state.
“Now the students will not have to go to Juba to attend classes,” he said.
Moses Hakim, the Principal of MDI said the initial idea was to sensitize the journalists in Malakal on basics of journalism, broadcast journalism skills, the media ethics and safety and security of journalists.
However, Hakim says when they reached the state, the authorities asked the institute to give the journalist professional journalism certificates since MDI is a media institute.
“So we agreed and we have now thought them four course units. Maybe we will do four more after three months or earlier than that, depending on funding,” he said.
“This means from an outreach or awareness program it has become a distance learning program. The trainers come to the students instead of the students going to the institute,” Hakim added.
He said the Institute accepted the task because it is less expensive logistically. Hakim assured that the program will continue as planned and the institute will teach journalists the same syllabus being thought in the main branch in Juba. It has fifty modules per a year.