Journalists in Bayelsa State have been urged to uphold professionalism in their industry and ensure that they represent the true interests of the people in their reportage.
A former Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tonye Isenah gave the charge at the close of a 3-Day Media Masterclass in Yenagoa.
Isaiah, who is the member representing Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituency 1 in the assembly, advised them to be cautious, especially when they represent any person as a media aide, recalling how a post from his media aide caused some problems for him when he was the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly.
Hon. Isenah advised participants at the Masterclass to be humble and teachable, noting that it is their competence and effectiveness on their job that will make them stand out among their peers.
In his remarks, the Convener of the Masterclass, Mr. Victor Binawari said he organised the training as a way of giving back to society and investing in the lives of up-and-coming journalists.
He stated that the Masterclass is intended to build professionalism in the sector as a lot of presenters and reporters have not been properly trained in their chosen field.
Mr. Binawari also revealed that the Creek Media School, which will train interested individuals in News writing, reporting, presentation skills, newscasting, and much more, will soon take off in Yenagoa.
He said the school will be the first of its kind in Bayelsa and its environs, saying those who need media training will not need to go to Lagos anymore as they previously did.
The programme featured lectures on Interview Skills by Mr. Doutimiye Erezigha, News Delivery on Radio by Mr. Sinikiem Ayoko, and Speech Organs and Weak Forms by Mr. Kiddy Jenkins Tebeda.
The high point of the event was the presentation of certificates of participation to all participants by Mr. Victor Binawari.
Other Resource persons who lectured during the 3-Day event include Dr. Ebidenyefa Nikade, Mrs. Mariah Olodi-Osumah, Mablas Akpuluma Jnr., among others.