Training workshop for journalists concluded, journalism contest announced [Archives:2005/897/Local News]

November 24 2005

Sana'a, Nov 23 – A 5-day training workshop for journalists on the 'Principles of News Writing' concludes today with the announcement of a journalism contest, which is considered the first of its kind in Yemen.

rnThe workshop and contest were both sponsored by the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships and the Daniel Pearl Foundation. The activity was held in Sana'a at the Yemen 21 Forum premises.

rnThe twelve participants in the workshop received training in basic principles of news writing, including methods of journalistic writing, structure of stories, communication skills, and information gathering and verification.

rnWalid Al-Saqaf, an AFPF fellow who received training in the U.S. part of a 6-month long print journalism-training program, was the trainer of the workshop, which was a pre-planned activity and part of Al-Saqaf's fellowship program.

rnAl-Saqaf said he was 'quite impressed' by the desire of Yemeni journalists to learn universal principles in professional journalism. “I was amazed to see that many journalists were so enthusiastic to learn as they lacked the basic knowledge of how to write news reports.”” he said.

rnTrainees said they benefited greatly from the workshop