By Ugyen Lhendup & team
A two-day basic journalism training at the Samtse College of Education (SCE) conducted by the Bhutan Media Foundation concluded on 23 May. Twenty-five participants, including members of the SCE news writing team, literary club, and three staff, attended the training.
Mr Needrup Zangpo, the executive director of Bhutan Media Foundation, and the team conducted the training. SCE is among the five RUB colleges to receive the training. The training is part of the foundation’s media literacy for all sections of the population. It is expected to help the students produce media content such as newsletters more professionally.
According to Mr Dorji S, a lecturer and focal person for Sherig FM SCE, the student members of the media team are not permanent, so the need for such training every year becomes necessary.
Ngawang Tenzin, one of the participants, said that this training was informative and useful for aspiring writers.
‘I learned not just how to write news but also the ethical considerations of reporting,’ said Dorji Choden, another participant.
Pema Deki, an MEd student keenly interested in writing, said the training had enriched her understanding of journalism and it would be useful in teaching report writing to students in schools.
The college editorial team comprising the president, dean of research and industrial linkages, the HoD of Arts and Humanities Education, and the research officer hopes to conduct more such training to enhance the quality of news writing and reporting.