Southern Africa gets media trainers Network

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A Southern African Media Trainers Network (SAMTRAN), has been launched "to help build free, fair, and vibrant media (and) a strong regional identity".
The launch Sunday at South Africa's Rhodes University in Grahamstown, followed a workshop hosted by the Rhodes Department of Journalism and Media Studies, which drew 50 media trainers from eight Southern African countries.
Participants represented universities, technological institutions, NGOs, in-service training institutions, as well as commercial and independent media trainers.
A research on media training needs in Southern Africa commissioned by the Maputo-based NSJ Regional Journalism training institution, indicates that more than half of all journalists in the region lacked formal training.
The advent of democratic governments in many Southern African countries in the last decade has led to a mushrooming of media houses, employing staff without the requisite skills and training.
While noting the rapid increase in the number of institutions and type of media training available in the region, the research showed most institutions were "offering a bit of everything without performing their core functions".
It urges collaboration between media trainers to improve the quality of training.
The Network, to be housed initially by the NSJ, will be open to all media training institutions and independent media trainers in the region.

10 september 2001 15:52:00

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