Journalists gain in-depth understanding of crime, investigative reporting
By:Fasiha Khushiri
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KUCHING: Sixty people comprising journalists, editors and sub-editors of Suara Sarawak and New Sarawak Tribune attended the ‘Tulisan Penyiasatan Bongkar’ writing seminar here, on Yesterday (Sept 15).

The seminar was held at the Creative Heritage Innovative Centre, Yayasan Sarawak building.

It was given by Syahril A. Kadir, a former journalist who has been involved in journalism in Malaysia for more than a decade.

Among others, he shared about his experience covering criminal cases that shocked the country such as the murders of Norita Samsuddin, Canny Ong and Altantuya Sharibuu.

During the three-hour session, Syahril also shared tips on making special reports, especially involving crime.

Later, the participants took part in a question-and-answer session. The seminar was aimed at providing exposure to journalists in improving their writing skills to produce quality articles, techniques and strategies to meet the needs of readers.

Previously, Suara Sarawak and New Sarawak Tribune conducted more than 25 training series throughout the year.

For the record, Syahril has covered almost all Asean countries and several countries on the African continent such as South Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

He was also involved in the coverage of the tsunami tragedy in Aceh, the earthquake in Nias Island, Sumatra and the landslide incident in Southern Leyte, Philippines.

Syahril has also held exclusive interviews with the leader of Al-Qaeda Indonesia, Ustaz Abu Bakar Basyir and the leader of the Malayan Communist Party, Chin Peng.

The seminar was also attended by the general manager of CENTEXS Commercial, Shahren Yusri, who won the Kajai Journalism Award in 2007.

Also present were chief executive officer of Suara Sarawak and New Sarawak Tribune, Dr Jeniri Amir; general manager of Sarawak Multimedia Authority, Dr Zaidi Razak; chief operations officer of Suara Sarawak and New Sarawak Tribune, Mohd Sardon Zainal; managing editor of New Sarawak Tribune, Aden Nagrace; and executive editor of Suara Sarawak, Rohana Wahed.

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