At least 13 females have been selected to participate in journalism and leadership organized by SheWrites, SheLeads.
The training is expected to inspire young women to find their voice, self-expression and tell their own stories by picking up writing as a hobby.
It is also expected to motivate young women to pursue leadership by highlighting stories around them and possibly to pick up a career in journalism and groom young women leaders.
Bettie Johnson-Mbayo, Executive Director of SheWrites, SheLeads says the training if completed will equip young women to be good writers and leaders as journalists and leaders.
“We must be ready to compete with our male counterparts in media development that is if we look at the media managerial format, women are few and I hope that the chronicle will change.”
“I believe that creativity and imagination when properly harnessed are gifts that can help in the transformation of lives and I believe that reading and writing builds a foundation for young females to become leaders among their peers.”
Ms. Mbayo says the act of being a published, young author or illustrator increases positive self-esteem and encourages young females to be role models to other females.
The training is expected for two weeks and it is in collaboration with the President Young Professionals and Internews-Liberia.
Raymond Zarbay, ECOWAS head of Radio cautioned young women to practice responsible journalism and avoid exaggerations.
“Journalism as a career is a highly responsible job, and highly interesting at the same time. People looking for a career in journalism should have a presentable and confident personality, along with the ability to write and present information accurately and concisely,” Mr. Zarbay.
Al-Varney Rogers, Staff writer at FrontPage Africa spoke on the safety of journalists Journalists adding that there are three things a journalist should look out for; Physical, digital, and psychosocial safety before going on an assignment.
“Journalists and their stories and investigations are a threat to government embroiled in corruption, violating citizens’ basic rights, etc.
“High-risk assignments for journalists mean working in conditions where the likelihood of physical harm (death, injury or serious illness) is significantly higher than normal, “Rogers’s.
The New Republic Newspaper is an independent newspaper established in 2009 by a Liberian journalist, Alphonso Toweh with many years of experience for the key purpose of reporting a balanced coverage of events as well as promoting Liberia’s image locally and internationally.
Toweh has been working for Reuters News Agency as its correspondent since 1998 to present. In addition to that, he has served as correspondents for the following magazines: West Africa New African, Africa Week and African Observer.
More to that, he worked for Radio Deutche Welle radio in Germany, Radio Netherlands and contributed to CNN, BBC News hour, BBC TV as well as Africa Confidential and Sunday Times in London.
The paper has no political affiliation nor ethic lineage. The focus and primary commitment is to ensure the sovereignty of Liberia and unity for Africa. It seeks to foster human rights and freedom of the press.
The New Republic is a liberal paper dedicated to upholding the tenets of democracy. It believes that state can not only create the political, social, economic and cultural spirit, but also to ensure that all human beings, irrespective of any affiliation is able to achieve its highest human potentials.
The paper strives for free speech and equal opportunity for all. Importantly, it believes that the nation must intervene judiciously in the economic life, in order to minimise the adverse effects of free enterprise and ensure that less privileged people have reasonable and fair access to the basic necessities of life. By this, it would help reduce some level of threat.
New Republic brings huge commitment to its readers and offers the nation the type of media that will advocate for the people and nudge our nation on the path of development and social re-engineering