KUCHING: The Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) and state-funded Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) will conduct journalism training programmes in the state.
The CJA has worked with the Kuching Division Journalists Association (KDJA) since the 1980s by providing speakers and facilitators for journalism training courses for local reporters.
The collaboration was later extended, with Azam coming in to fund the courses.
The CJA, which set up its Sarawak branch last year, and Azam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the joint journalism training programme during the closing ceremony of a feature writing workshop at Holiday Inn here on Thursday.
CJA president Hassan Shahriar and Azam chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain, who is also the state secretary, signed the MoU. Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam witnessed the ceremony.
Also present were CJA vice-president Martin Mulligan, its project director Barry Lowe, its Sarawak branch chairman Florence Yii and KDJA president Leslie Chin.
Aziz said the print and electronic media were an important partner of the government in disseminating accurate information on development to the people.
He hoped that the journalism seminars and workshops which Azam, CJA and KDJA had jointly organised would help to upgrade the writing skills of journalists.
Dr Chan hoped that the CJA-Azam collaboration could pave the way for the setting up of a regional journalism training centre for Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei and Kalimantan.
I hope that this could become a reality with the proposed CJA conference here in 2006, he added.
Dr Chan later presented certificates to some 40 participants of the four-day Feature and analytical writing skills workshop.