Thirty (30) journalists drawn from eleven (11) different media houses in South Sudan attended a three day training that took place from 22-24 November 2016 in Juba. The purpose of the training was to familiarize journalists with knowledge and reporting skills about various UN entities, build partnerships with the media and also promote ethical reporting.
This training was organized by the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in South Sudan with technical support from UNESCO and the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG). Agencies provided participants with information on their mandates, activities, priority areas, key messages and contacts.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Eugene Owusu, said that the country team is committed to strengthening relationships with the media and developing their capacity, because they are key to the development of South Sudan. He also said that the country team will support media forums and activities in the coming months.
“Through the United Nations Communications Group, the country team will explore more ways on how to strengthen our relations with South Sudanese media,” he said.
He also emphasized the role of the media in South Sudan especially during the current context. He added that as the country develops, all partners should come together to work towards supporting such developments.
“As this country grows and develops, so must we all for it is our role to support the country moving towards her full potential,” he added
Silvano Yokwe Alison, a reporter from Equator Broadcasting Corporation, speaking on behalf of the participants at the training, urged the UN in South Sudan to provide more capacity building and also facilitate local journalists to cover stories in hard to reach areas.
“I am calling upon the UN to give local journalists a chance to report in areas that are difficult to reach,” he said.
The training was crowned with a social event where participants, other journalists from various media houses and UN staff interacted. Each participants was also awarded with a certificate of participation.