PETALING JAYA: News writing requires both skill and good content in order to attract the attention of readers.
As such, a journalism course entitled ‘Elementary Journalism and Storytelling for Journalists’ was organised by Malaysian Press Institute (MPI), the Thomson Foundation UK, and The Language House from October 7 to 11.
On the final day of the programme (October 11), MPI chief executive officer Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya in his speech said that the course aimed to hone the writing skills of reporters be they from print, television, radio, or online media.
He observed that a number of participants of the course hailed from non-journalism backgrounds.
On another note, he highlighted that digital journalism was further developing in this era, with many even starting their own websites.
“It is a new platform in the field of journalism. The style is different — the website owner has to work with advertisers, but they have writing skills and good content as well,” Dr Chamil elaborated at The Language House here.
“We are also discussing to possibly extend the duration of this course in the future to enable participants more time for writing activities,” he revealed.
During the final day of the course, certificates were presented to the course participants by JPI Media UK group content development director Tim Robinson, who had also delivered the five-day course on behalf of the Thomson Foundation UK.
The journalism course was attended by 26 participants consisting of journalism students, public relations officers, and reporters from Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak.
The programme covered various journalism concepts and techniques which would aid in writing effective news articles.
University Sains Malaysia (USM) communications (journalism) student Nur Haziqah Jasmani, 25, said that attending this course had given her the opportunity to experience journalism in the real world.
“I have learnt a lot about digital journalism which is very important in this technological world now,” she remarked.
Meanwhile, USM communications (journalism) student Siti Nur Amirah Mohd Zaini, 24, commented that participating in this course enabled her to learn about writing techniques in more detail while also learning new concepts.
“I have been undergoing my journalism degree for two years, and through this course I have been exposed to techniques used in interviewing the public (vox pop),” she said.
Pang Wai En, 21, also a USM student in the same field, sounded that this course was very beneficial.
“I hope that it will be held again in the future to involve other journalism students,” she stated.