In a recent visit by the Leaders of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) led by the Secretary General, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu with the Vice president of the Union, Abdifitah Hassan Farah, NUSOJ leaders found out that the majority of Galmudug journalists never had a proper journalism training opportunity.
“We are happy to see NUSOJ leaders paying a visit to our regions for the first time and asking us to explain our needs and priority, as matter of fact, nearly thirty journalists who are here at the meeting less than 10% gained a training opportunity, so our first needs are trainings. Journalist trainings are often confined to big towns like Mogadishu” said Sharmarke Sulley, a Galmudug Journalist at the meeting.
Galmudug journalists welcomed NUSOJ leaders to their respective regions and expressed concern over the lack of training while requesting assistance in their need for journalism training to build the capacity of all local journalists in Galmudug.
NUSOJ leaders had been briefed on the current situation of Galmudug media in a meeting with the employees at Galmudug Independent Media outlets including radio and TV reporters and representatives from print media. Both sides discussed about the needs of the media in Galmudug and ways of strengthening the relationship between Galmudug journalists and NUSOJ whose leaders have recently been elected in a free, fair and inclusive election process.
Most of journalists, who spoke at the meeting, reiterated the greater need to have a journalism Handbook in Somali, written or translated into Somali language which they can use for reference since Somali language is the only language they all understand well.
The Secretary General of National Union of Somali journalists, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu and Abdifitah Hassan Farah, Vice President also paid visits to the premises of three main Radio stations: Radio Adado, Radio Voice of the Central Regions and Al-Ihsan Radio.
Some of the journalists, NUSOJ leaders met were very talented but needed moral and technical support. We came across a local TV reporter, who had no journalism training, but films, writes the story and at the same time edits the footage by himself, while also filing the story to his station.