ToroDev in partnership with Rwenzori Journalist forum organized a one day knowledge sharing workshop on 23rd March, 2017 where 22 journalists mainly news editors and print reporters and reporters from the 14 local radio stations located in the 4 districts of Kabarole, Bundibugyo, Kamwenge and Kasese with others from different print and electronic media (New Vision, Daily Monitor, TV etc) attended the workshop.
The main objective of the training was to refresh journalists (news reporters, news editors and print reporters) with the basic skills that will enable them do their watch-dog role in a professional way during post elections period. Also to empower and orient journalists with the requisite skills on how they can report issues in a professional way especially during post election period, code of conduct, their roles and responsibilities and peace, conflict and development reporting policies on health , education etc aiming at improved service delivery etc.
“Media plays a vital role in providing information to people, media educates the public on public information and many citizen rely on information provided by media, so as ToroDev we want journalists to have a value in improving service delivery, we ensure development of communities and we are going to critically evaluate the role played by the journalists who have attended the workshop, we shall form cluster to see how best we can monitor services for improved service delivery.” Said Johnstone Baguma ED ToroDev.
|ED ToroDev Mr. Baguma K. Johnstone giving his opening remarks during the workshop|
Johnstone added I thank all journalists for the work done in engaging leaders to give accountability on different radio station ,however I call upon all journalists with in our region to use their professionalism to lobby and advocate for better services in various sectors .
“This workshop aims at equipping you to clearly identify important issues that we need to concentrate on during the Post election period, especially code of conduct, developmental reporting, peace and conflicts reporting and how best to engage duty bearers to fulfill in the pledges they make during radio discussions”. Said Mr. Tumwine Henry the facilitator of the workshop.
|Mr. Tumwine Henry sharing with journalists during the workshop.|
“During this period journalists should not insight violence among the citizens, especially in Kasese and Bundibugyo, we should promote peace not violence, we should write articles to encourage tribes to respect and love one another, so journalists mind what you report”. Said Miss Enid Ninsiima the facilitator during the workshop
|Miss Enid Ninsiima sharing sharing with journalist during the workshop.|
“We appreciate ToroDev for taking us through some of the policies that are key in our daily work, we have knowledge and we hope to share and educate the policies for them also to understand them”. Said Musimenta Kenneth from Jubilee fm
“We get political issues but same times we are stopped to follow them up due to fear to be harassed by the leader involved”. Said Ruth Katusabe reporter NTV.
“Same journalist are money minded and this has affected much of this profession , they report issues according to who has called them for the story and how much the work is played, but we thank ToroDev for this workshops we hope to change and improve in our professional work.” Said Baguma Tobias fisher a reporter voice of Toro.”
Honorable Rwabuhinga Richard LCV chairperson Kabarole district while giving closing remarks at the workshop he thanked ToroDev for the support and equipping knowledge the journalists with knowledge in peace and conflict reporting, developmental reporting , code and conducts and I believe our journalists are more informed now. Kindly go and practice what u have learnt today and develop our region, ToroDev thank you for supporting the Government of Uganda
|Hon.Richard Rwabuhinga giving final remarks during the workshop.|
We are grateful to SIDA, NED, SPIDER, ICT4DEM, CIPESA & all other development partners for the financial and technical support to run these programs.