Togolese Radio Journalists Gain Professional Skills

A participant during a practice session
A participant during a practice session

From June 13-17, the U.S. Embassy held the first in a series of four one-week training classes for journalists from throughout Togo as part of the Mission’s objective for media to become a powerful driving force towards democratic progress, by releasing well-informed investigations, assessments and other feature articles on public governance. Twenty-five radio journalists took part in the first sessions, whose subject matter focused on the fundamental principles and techniques of broadcast journalism; how to write and broadcast concise and effective stories, news reports and radio features; how to interact with listeners through economy, policy and security oriented programs and talk shows; how to handle information sources and news in a politically sensitive environment to avoid harmful clashes with local authorities and how to tailors news for the greatest impact on the society; and reporting and interviewing exercises in real-life scenarios, sound processing and editing.

Some participants rewriting political news based on a newspaper stories
Some participants rewriting political news based on a newspaper stories