The training, whose theme is “Online reporting: Telling Africa’s story on the web,” will see four facilitators actively involved in news writing and editing engage the expected 30 participants in a number of online news reporting topics.
Some of the topics to be presented at the four-day training include: the ingredients of news; news formats and building the story; content production for web-based media; web-based news management; telling the African story on the web; addressing an international audience; interviewing skills; the use of audio and video; writing leads, quotations, and transitions; feature writing as well as legal and ethical issues in online news reporting.
The training will also have input through a video conference on freelancing and the cultural style differences between African and American publications, to be facilitated by Middle East and Africa correspondent for Global Sisters Report (GSR), Melanie Lidman.
Sponsored by the World Catholic Association for Communications, SIGNIS, the training has been organized by the Catholic News Agency for Africa (CANAA), a project of the Bishops of Africa under the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).
Most participants from other African countries, among them, Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, and Uganda had already arrived at the training venue by Monday night.
The training is taking place at Don Bosco Youth Educational Services (DBYES) in Karen, Nairobi, Kenya in collaboration with Bosco Eastern Africa Multimedia Services (BEAMS) and the Social Communication of AFE.