Malaysia: 34 media practitioners attending ‘Disaster Reporting’ workshop
Kuching Thirty-four media practitioners are attending a three-day workshop on ‘Effective Disaster Reporting’, being organized jointly by the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) and the US Embassy in Kuching, the capital city of Malaysia’s state of Sarawak, BERNAMA reported.
MPI Chief Executive Officer Chamil Wariya said, in his welcoming remarks, that the workshop is aimed at acquainting the participants with the importance of journalists relaying accurate and verified information when covering disasters, as well as giving some tips on safety while reporting. It is also hoped that the program will foster cooperation between the media practitioners and the relevant authorities crucial to disaster reporting.
Wariya pointed out that covering disaster-related events requires a well-trained and experienced reporter, who must gather information at the scene under very difficult circumstances and produce stories within extremely tight deadlines. “It is with this in mind that this workshop is held, to give basic insight in reporting disasters and accidents,” he said.
The workshop, which was launched by Press Attache at the US Embassy Morgan J. O’Brien, includes, inter alia, field visits to operations room at the Fire and Rescue Department, the Sarawak State Disaster Operations Room and the Sarawak General Hospital.
Source: International Islamic News Agency