GCI Trains Journalists on Writing Skills

Over 15 Journalists and media students from Buea attented the GCI Media Watch Project’s first workshop last week. The workshop can be said to have been well received.

The workshop on August 28 at the function room at GCI headquarters in Buea, covered a range of topics under basic news writing skills, including constructing an introductory paragraph, choosing an angle and where to find sources.

All attendees said they gained some learning from the workshop, and appreciated the materials handed out, which included CDs containing articles and advice on writing, among them the Reuters handbook of journalism.

Most attendees said they would look at implementing changes in their writing. Some added that they would like some more practical exercises next time. Taking this into consideration, GCI plans for its next workshop sessions to be on interview techniques which will include practical exercises such as role play and interview preparation. This second workshop is likely to be at the end of September.