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Financial journalists undergo training interviewing skills

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong (Daily Express)

Over 21 financial journalists have undergone a three-day workshop on effective skills in news reporting, interviewing and analysis in Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

The journalists were drawn from media houses across the country, who is the members of Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ).

The workshop organised by the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) was facilitated by a team from the DeutscheWelleAkademie in Berlin Germany and was sponsored by GIZ and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.

The workshop was aimed at enhancing journalists knowledge and skills on interviewing, getting the best out of interviews, how to use simple language in writing stories, storytelling, using other search tools apart from Google and effective ways of using the camera.

In opening remarks, a Senior Advisor at GIZ, Mr Alan Lassey said the training was very crucial because it will enable the participants to learn innovative ways of writing effective and result oriented stories.

He urged the participants to take the training seriously so that they can derive the maximum benefit from it.

A journalist and a moderator with DeutscheWelleAkademie Ben Fajzullin re-emphasized the important role journalists play in the development of the country.

He said journalists need to be professional and firm in their reportage and stressed that journalists should go the extra mile to present the two sides to stories to ensure balance and fairness.

This he added will also help discerning public to better understand the issues at stake and make informed choices.

A News Anchor at the Akademie, Mr. Mike Mense also reiterated the need for journalists to try and delve deeper into the ''why's and the how's'' of stories they churn out.

The President of IFEJ, Mr. Lloyd Evans urged the participants to take keen interest in reporting rural areas rather than focusing on the cities.

He stated that there are less privilege people in some rural areas who need the attention of the media. “Let get them and project them,” he added.

Some of the areas covered during the training includes reading and understanding issues in mining areas; simplification of language for story telling; how to start stories focusing on those issue concern rather than starting from government officials and how to make it more balanced, interesting and humane; and among others.


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