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Internews train Journalists on FOI

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FILE: Some Liberian journalists in a training section.
FILE: Some Liberian journalists in a training section.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA -Several Liberian journalists have concluded a three-day Intensive Investigative Reporting and Mentoring Program on    the Freedom of Information Act in Monrovia.

The local journalists made of 17 came from both print and electronic media institutions were selected by Internews, following a competitive scrutiny from the submission of a motivational statement of not less than five hundred words,  focusing on participant’s expectations,  among other basic criteria.

The initiative, a project of Internews-Liberia Media Development Program, took place at the Corina Hotel in Sinkor, from Monday, February 13 to Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

The training drew participants from several parts of Liberia, including Montserrado, Bong and Grand Bassa Counties.

During the three-day Intensive FOI Investigative Training, the journalism fellows interacted with facilitators and Public Information Officers (PIOs) from several ministries and agencies of government.

The forum focused on key issues, including Tips for reporting and writing investigative stories based on hard facts and Journalists and Public Information Officers: fostering understanding and cooperation to improve access to information.

The training also looked into other important topics, including following your tax dollars through the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Reporting transparency in the extractive industries and the Freedom of Information (FOI) Appeal Process; how it Works and the role of the Independent Information Commission (IIC) in facilitating the process, among several other well-tailored topics.

“As journalists, you need to make maximum use of the FOI, especially in the areas of professional investigative reporting and story- writing,” said Maureen Sieh of Internews on day one of the training.

Meanwhile, Phase Two of the exercise is expected to take place at the end of March 2017, according to Internews Journalism Advisor, Maureen Sieh.

 


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