KOTA KINABALU – Twenty three reporters from around Malaysia took part in the 1Malaysia Young Journalist Fellowship 2015, a programme hosted by the State.
Organised by the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI), the programme which was on it’s fifth-year focused on bringing together a group of young journalists to learn about the changing role of the media.
The programme also enhanced the journalists’ nationalistic knowledge to ensure that they uphold the 1Malaysia concept.
MPI Chief Executive Datuk Chamil Wariya said that the two-week course would accord participants better understanding on how the federal constituency and national institutions functioned.
Chamil in his speech said that young journalists need to know the importance of the legislative, executive and judiciary roles.
“In journalism, you never stop learning. Journalist must always keep an open mind as this is not an easy job,” he said when officiating the 1Malaysia Young Journalist Fellowship 2015 programme at Sky Hotel Kota Kinabalu, here, today.
The programme would include visits to the Sabah Chief Minister official residence at Sri Gaya where there would be a dialogue session with the Chief Minister. There will also be interviews with Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman and Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said.
Other segments of the course would include modules on media law and a session with one of media veterans, The Star’s senior consulting editor, T Selva that would talk on interviewing techniques.
“I hope that the participants will make full use of the opportunities to gain new knowledge as we are part of this country’s progress towards becoming a developed country,” he said.
“This course is an excellent way to sharpen journalistic skills. It will give them better exposure to various aspects of journalism as well as the ethics and news senses,” he said.
Officiating the event was the University Malaysia Sabah Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Harun Abdullah. Harun in his speech urged the participants to practice responsible journalism that appeal to the public.
“Journalists have the responsibility to write news with facts because with the easy access in technology; readers can easily influence by the not-so-accurate reports by the new media,” he said.
He said the media should practice accurate and factual reporting. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah