LUX Radio 106.5, a teaching broadcasting station of the University of Liberia has launched its ‘Press Club’ for students in high schools throughout the country, beginning with institutions in Montserrado County on Thursday, April 7, 2022.
The first of its kind in the history of the State-university and the broadcaster, the initiative kicked off at the station’s broadcasting studios situated in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, on the Fendall Campus of the University.
Senyon Kieh, who proxy for the Chairman of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, Euriahs Togar, admonished members of the Press Club, predominantly females, to be curious and courageous in order to become successful journalists.
He also asked the students to develop keen interest in reading, particularly newspapers, magazines, books as well as scientific journals.
Additionally, Mr. Kieh advised the journalism mentees to listen to radio at all times to enhance their skills in reading, writing and pronunciation.
According to LUX Radio Program Director, J. Korvah Beyan, who provided the overview of the project, the 10 schools that signed up from the onset were represented at the launch by their students totaling 70.
He said the prime objective of the program was to help the students to start their careers in journalism stressing that there were ‘Dos and Don’ts’ that entail reporting the news with accuracy, balance and clarity using the ‘5Ws and an H’ as the guidepost.
As part of the project, Mr. Beyan stated, the students would be given lessons in the fundamentals of journalism and dispatched to cover news stories in their schools and communities to be reported on LUX RADIO periodically.
The initiative, he mentioned, was LUX Radio’s Grassroot Media Development Program meant to groom high school journalists to become professionals ultimately.
LUX RADIO Deputy Program Director who is one of the brainchildren of the Press Club, Weemon Jallahcole was excited, speaking of how crucially significant the initiative was. She hinted that the project would contribute to solving the problems students leaving high schools face, as a result of having little or no career counseling.
Weemon, also lead supervisor of the project, presented Inez Reeves Soko, Moses B. Kpakolo, Rita Jlogbe-Duoe and Nathaniel Sieh – a few products, and a student of the Department of Communication and Media Studies who would collaborate with the schools’ press clubs to coordinate the project and mentor the students.
“I applaud the University for making its facility available for us to start the project. I humbly request goodwill from individuals and organizations to buttress this worthy effort,” Weemon pleaded.
On his part, LUX Radio Manager, Sydney L. Nicol, Jr. said the broadcasting house was proud to be part of efforts to guide the students in choosing their careers.
He encouraged members of the Club to work hard because hard work is the hallmark of journalism. “If your decision to join the Press Club is to lead you to journalism, then you have made a bold and noble decision, especially at this time when career counseling is not common in our schools,” He stressed.–Press release