Aboard the papal plane, 08 June, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic journalists in Africa are set to gain skills in “specialized reporting” training that is to be realized in Uganda in July.
The training that the World Catholic Association for Communication, SIGNIS Africa, is spearheading in collaboration with the Africa Coordination of the Migrants & Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide) is to focus on media coverage of migrants and refugees.
In a statement to National Directors of Communication, National Presidents, and Coordinators of SIGNIS in Africa, the President of SIGNIS Africa says that beneficiaries of the July 10-16 workshop are expected to “acquire requisite skills for effective coverage and reporting of news about migrants and refugees.”
While “the reportage of issues concerning migrants and refugees is a form of specialized reporting,” Fr. Walter Chikwendu Ihejirika says that he finds it regrettable that such reporting “has not featured prominently among the thematic areas in specialized reporting.”
In the statement that ACI Africa obtained on Monday, June 5, Fr. Ihejirika outlines other areas that the training will cover, including effective media coverage of asylum-seekers, climate-displaced people, internally displaced people (IDPs), and victims of human trafficking.