May 21, 2004

Media personnel get US training

Media personnel from throughout the Caribbean converged on Dominica last week for a print journalism- training workshop sponsored by the United States Embassy, Bridgetown.{{more}}
Held at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, journalists were exposed to exercises on the importance of accuracy, insuring accuracy in quotes, gathering information and the elements of dimension reporting among other aspects of professional journalism. Public Affairs Officer and spokesperson of the US Embassy in Bridgetown, Kathleen Boyle, said that the workshop was a common request for the training of journalists.
“We usually get these requests from countries we visit,” said Boyle.
Public Affairs Specialist at the US Embassy, Anthony Blackman, also noted that the need for training has been echoed by regional editors whom he has conversed with over the last year. He promised that the US Embassy will continue to assist with the training of journalists once there are available funds and opportunities.
The instructors for the workshop were Martha Steffens, a professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and her husband Brian Steffens, executive director of the National Newspaper Association and adjunct assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. They have a combined 64 years in journalism.