Lusaka, 28 May, 2022 / 6:20 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in Zambia has called on journalists to nurture the art of listening if they are to deliver stories to their respective audiences.
In a Tuesday, May 24 video recording, which Lumen TV Zambia posted on Facebook ahead of 56th World Communications Day (WCD), the Bishop at the helm of the Commission for Communications of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) challenges journalists to “know how to listen”, adding that “there is no good journalism without the ability to listen.”
“To those of you who work in the public media, I encourage you to cultivate the spirit of listening. This will enable you to provide solid, balanced and complete information,” Bishop Valentine Kalumba says in the video recording ahead this year’s WCD to be marked on May 29 under the theme, “Listening with the ear of the heart”.
Bishop Kalumba continues to reflect on the WCD 2022 theme saying, “In order to provide solid, balanced and complete information, it is necessary to listen for a long time, recount an event, or describe an experience in news reporting.”
In the Lumen TV-Z Facebook video, the Zambian-born member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) shares about connection between listening and dialogue in the process of communication and underscores the value of listening in the practice of journalism.