Journalists sharpen their skills

Like any other art form, journalism is one amongst many that need constant sharpening of skills, especially for those who are practising the craft as a career; this according to Margaret Linstrom, a lecturer at the University of the Free State.
The two-day workshop is presented in partnership with Central Media Group. The training started last Friday with about 20 participants who gained extra knowledge on basic reporting skills and sub-editing.
The paper’s editor, Pieter Delport said it was part of their mandate as a community publication to ensure that they ploughed back to the community by equipping various journalists from different publications with an opportunity to get in touch with their skills.
Journalists that attended the training last Friday included Khothatso Mokone of Mangaung Issue, Becker Semela of the New Age and Junior Bonase of Dumelang News.
Mokone said his expectations were simply to get more insight from experienced media practitioners like Linstrom, who also happened to be his lecture at the UFS.
“Sometimes you might miss out on important aspects of journalism because we live and work in a very busy space and this poses a challenge to staying on track at all times,” said Mokone.
His sentiments were echoed by Semela who confessed that working for a daily publication comes with its challenges.
“It is not easy to stay abreast of new developments, so I saw this opportunity as one of the ways that one can tap on in order to stay on top of your game,” he said.
Although Linstrom emphasised the importance of objectivity in a journalist’s reporting, she kept on reminding the participants of the influence they have in society and encouraged everyone not to take themselves for granted.

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