Mass Media for communication Training & Qualifying InstituteNew Batch & New Ambitions [Archives:2005/863/Local News]

July 28 2005

Since its establishment in 2000 the Mass Media for Communication Training & Qualifying Institute keeps on giving different training and rehabilitating courses for a huge number of media people. The last batch was around 20 journalists from Saba News Agency who finished on Monday 18 July a 5-day training program on how to use the accurate journalistic language, which took place at Mass Media for Communication Training &Qualifying Institute (MMCTQI).

Dr. Abdallah Azzalab, the dean of MMCTQI, spoke to Yemen Times about the training course “This training program is held with cooperation of Skills Development Fund, Saba News Agency and MMCTQI for about 20 journalists in the field of journalistic language in Arabic language and aimed at basically developing the journalistic skills in composing a better journalistic works and dealing with the language journalistically, rather than linguistically as well as refreshing the information of the long-period workers. Language is the means and tool of sending the journalistic message and it is the key of any work in media and journalists always need training and refreshment.

The workshop lasted for 5 days and the attendance was remarkable. We have had similar training courses for those who work at radio and TV in how to use the accurate language during their presentation”

About the job nature of the MMCTQI, “The MMCTQI is a specialized institute and as a result of much pressures and increasing dire need for media training in Yemen, our activities center on the field of media professional training rather than on the associated skills such as computer, internet, Arabic and English languages, media administration and . We give the priorities to the media skills that the journalist daily needs and then the language and the communication come in the second place. There are more than 10,000 people who work in the media, yet, we have one institute with humble finance. A branch in Aden last year was launched but unfortunately it could not carry out any activities and training courses for the media people there as there are not enough funds. So we in MMCTQI actually receive support from different donors such as United Nations, World Bank, British and American embassies and others. Now we along with cooperation of Danish program for Media development have 20 courses and specialists trainers and experts will be brought from abroad. These courses will target the media people in print press, radio and TV. In fact they will be distinguished courses dealing, for instance, with technical stuff, montage, directing, journalism ethics and administration media institution. The engineers who work in radio and TV for example usually suffer from various problems in dealing with sound devices and its techniques as well as they lack the experience of dealing with digital technology.

The nature of MMCTQI's job is to give short-term courses in training and rehabilitation. Now we have submitted to the ministry of information a project to rebuild the MMCTQI structure as attempt to make it a higher institute through which media people can get diploma by giving courses for 6 months or a year. But the longest course MMCTQI has run is 2 months. The MMCTQI is designed to be highly respected edifice with special qualifications and tasks, but unfortunately, its tasks have been limited. The beneficiaries from the MMCTQI training courses are a lot. Last year the number of beneficiaries reached to more than 400 people and this year the number is about more than 600 ones.

In the end Dr. Azzalab regretfully concluded, “Other problem is that the media people who work in the governorates are deprived from such training and rehabilitation courses. They need more support and more attention to have equal opportunities that their counterparts have here in Sana'a.”