NewBusinessEthiopia starts free journalism training

Posted on July 6, 2010


New Business Ethiopia Journalism Institute commences today July 6, 2010 with an extensive six months journalism training for Ethiopians living in every corner of the country.

One of the main objectives of the training is to train citizen journalists who can cover social, economic and political issues at the grassroots level, thereby reaching the “underserved”, since media in Ethiopia is highly “Addis Abeba based”.

According to the promoters, the free training, which is the first in its kind in Ethiopian private media history, is expected to channel some 100 Ethiopians to the existing media industry in the East African country.

It is also expected to pave the way for the emergence of private regional newspapers and websites after introducing a vibrant private national newspaper called NewBusinessEthiopia in both English and Amharic.

“After completing both the theoretical and practical basic journalism training, the best trainees will be recruited as regional contributors by NewBusinessEthiopia,” says Andualem Sisay, General Manager of New Business Media and Communications Plc.

“We will also provide assistance to the rest of the trainees, which will enable them to run their own region specific news websites and blogs, or link them to other media houses in Ethiopia,” he said.