Rwanda : Journalists graduate in broadcast skills
The Rwanda Media High Council (MHC), on 10th October 2012, held a closing ceremony of the 1st session of Journalists Training and handing certificates to 26 journalists who have successfully completed two modules of the short term course for practicing journalists on broadcast skills (radio, TV and online) and broadcast presentation (radio and TV) conducted from May 16th to August 17th 2012 in collaboration with Great Lakes Media Centre (GLMC).
In a bid to implement its constitutional mandate of promoting professionalism of the media in Rwanda, the Media High Council (MHC) guided by an international consultant developed a “training manual” composed of twelve (12) modules of training courses. The ten seminar training classes involve 228 hours of instruction and practical exercises.
In his remarks, the acting Executive Secretary of the MHC, Emmanuel Mugisha congratulated journalists who have completed and said that this MHC’s initiative to improve media standards in an industry characterized by professionals the majority of whom have very minimal or no formal training at all, in an environment with a weak tradition of high professional standards of practice.
One of the trainees, Rene Anthere Rwanyange expressed his happiness for having completed the course and his colleagues. Increase a number of trainings will be useful to Rwandan journalists hence as to develop on their professionalism.
‘’We request MHC to put more effort in building journalists capacity as well as helping us to get necessary equipments in order to have a convincing production.’’ Rwanyange added.
MHC Board Chairman, Arthur Asimwe encouraged journalists to always participate in such trainings as MHC plans to train another shift of journalists in analytical writing as well as specialized reporting in sports and entertainment journalism.
He further said that media practitioners should respect their professional code ethics, make use of the skills acquired from the training toward a bright media and building confidence in the daily activities relating to journalism.
The training programme is also an attempt to explore ways of harnessing the potential and power of the media to contribute to national unity, strengthening peace, promoting democratic governance and social progress in a country emerging and rebuilding itself from the ashes of civil war and genocide.