SHAH ALAM: – The Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) will work with the Institute of Journalism Studies (IJS), Faculty of Communications and Media Studies in Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to improve journalism in the country.
MPI Chief Executive Officer Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya said the institute and IJS would focus efforts in three main fields – organising seminars and workshops on journalism, journalism research and publications of articles.
“For a start, we will gather data on the media in this country as reference and see if the industry is growing or not. This data will include newspaper circulation figures, ratings of television programmes and editorial strength in the media organisations throughout the country.
“We will also collect information on the history of local journalism as well as evolution of the media here,” he said in a press conference held after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the joint effort here today.
Chamil signed the MoU on behalf of MPI while UiTM was represented by the Dean of the Faculty of Communications and Media Studies Prof Dr Azizul Halim Yahya.
Chamil said journalists must be professional and ensure information accuracy in their reports in order to combat the influx of citizen journalists who are prone to spread unverified news or information.
Citizen journalists are individuals or media organisations which spread information in the form of news or articles which are free of the influence, interests or ownership of either the government or political parties as well as other investors.- BERNAMA