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LBS trains 27 Child Broadcasters

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Some students journalist at the training in both radio and television
Some students journalist at the training in both radio and television

(elbcradio.com/June 12, 2015)-A weeklong intensive training of children under the Liberia Children’s Media Day (LCMD) is ongoing at the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) in Paynesville.

This year, LBS is training 27 child broadcasters, including 9 girls and 18 boys in radio and television broadcasting.

The children, ages 8-15, are undergoing the training, in line with the United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF) annual Children’s Media Day Program, being conducted by member countries, including Liberia.

According to the program’s Coordinator at LBS, Oliver Hoggard, the children were drawn from various grade schools across the country and are being trained by personnel of LBS.

Mr Hoggard said the children’s selection was based on their individual abilities to read, present and articulate well.
They are being trained how to conduct live programs, including continuity announcing and, news reading and presentation on both radio and television.

The event is also aimed at giving children the opportunity to discuss issues affecting them and to enable them carryout the daily work at various media institutions.

In Liberia, the Program is named and styled, the LCM, being implemented by all broadcast institutions in the country.

In a related development, Press Union of Liberia (PUL) President, Abdullah Kamara, says this year’s LCMD is being observed with emphasis on what is being done to make post-ebola Liberia safe.

Mr. Kamara said a special newsletter, prepared by the kids, will be issued and the winner of the essay competition will be announced Saturday June 13, 2015 at the formal climaxing ceremony at the YMCA in Monrovia.

According to him, at least 60 children are spread across the various media institutions, including the Liberia Broadcasting System.

The event has been jointly coordinated by the Press Union of Liberia and LBS with support from UNICEF, among other partners.

 


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