Liberian Students Media Association (LSMA), has officially launched a media training for students here to enhance their desire of becoming journalists after high school.
The program which was launched on Thursday, 30 November at the Association’s office at St. Margaret School System in the NTA Community along the Somalia Drive, brought together students from different high schools within Montserrado.
The President of the Association Mr. Benedict Kpehe says the aim of the program is to bring out the students’ talents, adding that there are students who have the desire of becoming media practitioners but have no means of making their dreams a reality.
Mr. Kpehe says the program is also intended to help would – be high school journalists to be focused on what they want to be after high school. He says the program will focus on developing the career of students in junior and senior high schools, preparing them for the field of journalism.
Mr. Kpehe who also is a journalist, boasts of having professional journalists in handling the academic aspect of the program. He notes that the training is expected to run three months per cycle, after which another cycle will be opened.
The training will include giving students the opportunity to go on field trips to various partner radio stations and Newspaper outlets to see how the media works.
He promises that after their completion of high school, they will now be ready to advance themselves in the profession by going to obtain a degree in Mass Communication. According to him, the Association is currently targeting Montserrado County, but will later spread throughout the Country.
He calls on school administrations to see it as an opportunity for their students to learn journalism before getting out of high school. He also encourages parents to make use of this opportunity to send their children for the training. The training is expected to begin by December this year.
By Samuel P. Kamara–Edited by Winston W. Parley