We are currently accepting applications for our Foundation and Certificate programs. Interested applicants for the Certificate program should have at least 4 WASSCE credits; a credit in English is a MUST or at least two years experience in journalism. Those interested in the Foundation program MUST have 3 WASSCE credits including English and or at least a year experience in journalism. Interested individuals can obtain application forms at the school premises in Bakau Newtown, South for a non-refundable fee of D300. Students interested to continue to the Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels can pick up a continuation form at the school. We offer a combination of theory and practical training in print, radio, web, TV and digital media. Applications must be submitted to the school on or before the 20th of June, 2033, at 4:00pm. If you have the passion to become a journalist, MAJaC is the perfect place for you. For more information, contact us at 3725053/ 7743501 or email [email protected]
MAJaC in collaboration with Freedom house through USAID today launched a six-week intensive training on ethical and responsible reporting for 20 Journalists and journalism students. The training is meant to help participants with the needed knowledge, skills, experience and right attitude to report on complex and sensitive issues in a fair, accurate, and responsible manner. The training covers a range of topics, including Ethics, conflict of interest, sourcing, sensationalism and speed, social media photo and video ethics among others. Sang Mendy, The Managing Director of MAJaC says the training is an important step in promoting ethical standards and provide accurate and unbiased reporting for journalists. He urges the participants to take the training serious. “We can make this profession a respected and a noble one if we behave ethically and responsibly. This is what Freedom house and USAID has committed itself to supporting you to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to work as a respected journalist”. Sang Mendy, representative of the Freedom house, says they are committed to strengthening media development through the support of USAID. He stressed the need for building the capacity of Journalists. “The training is part of our five-year mandate to rollout ethical reporting trainings for journalists. Aside that, we are conducting an investigative reporting fellowship with Malagen, all geared towards developing the capacity of journalists”. This is the second time MAJaC and Freedom House partnered to build the capacity of journalists in ethical reporting. The training will help participants to report accurately thereby preventing the spread of false news and misinformation.
Malagen, the leading investigative reporting media, today launched a 100-page investigative Magazine. The magazine features all of Malagen’s works which aims to promote social justice. Malagen recognizes the work of MAJaC former and current, among them Adama Joof, Momodou Janneh, Banna Sabally, Kebba Jeffang, and Dija Jawo, who have contributed to its growth. Malagen in partnership with Freedom House also launched an investigative journalism fellowship in the Gambia. The fellows aims to build the capacity of journalists and journalism students among them MAJaC students in investigative reporting. Malagen’s launch of its investigative magazine and fellowship in the Gambia marks a rebirth of investigative journalism in the country.
The Media Academy for Journalism and Communication and the Gambia Press Union on Friday, 28th April 2023 sign a Memorandum Of Understanding. The MOU is intended to promote cooperation between GPU and MAJaC, so the two can complement each other’s work, avoiding duplication and competition. The areas of cooperation includes but not limited to professional training of journalists, media workers and communication practitioners. The two organisations share goals for media sector development and professionalisation of the media and communication sector.
Pro5 Studios is a startup business established by 5 young enthusiastic Gambians. They are part of the first cohort of a film and photography course run by MAJaC. The course that lasted nine months was supported by International Trade Center through Youth Empowerment Project.Susan Njie, one of the members of Pro5 Studios told MAJaC Media that the skills they've acquired ignited their interest to create the startup. She added that they acquired the right skills to produce professional video and photography.“The film and photography course has shaped us a lot, The course enable us to creatively tell stories through the lenses and granted us the confidence to be self employed. We are indeed grateful to the International Trade Centre, through the Youth Empowerment Project and MAJaC for this wonderful opportunity. We look forward to creating job opportunities by transferring the acquired skills to others.”Contact them for all your Eid pictures, birthdays, weddings and other events.
It’s with profound sadness we write to announce that our Administrative Officer, Binta Bah will be leaving MAJaC effective 30th April, 2023 to pursue new challenges. Binta has been working with us for the past five years and has contributed immensely to the development and growth of MAJaC. She enrolled at MAJaC in 2017 and completed the Advanced Diploma in 2019, graduating as the best Digital Media Student. After completing her studies, She served as an assistant Digital Media trainer. She completed a 6 month internship training as an Admin Assistant and later promoted to the position of Administrative Officer. Throughout her stay at MAJaC, Binta demonstrated unwavering commitment and dedication to her work. She built strong relationships with both students and staff, and her contribution will greatly be missed. We are grateful for her contibutions, and on behalf of the board , management, staff and students of MAJaC, we wish her all the best in her future endeavour.
The Media Academy for Journalism and communication (MAJaC) held the second edition of its week of extra-curricular activities from the 13th to the 15th of March, 2023. Students were divided into four teams bearing the names of reputable Gambian Journalists, namely Kenneth Y Best, Deyda Hydara, Jainaba Nyanag Njie and Fatu Camara. The event began with a march past accompanied by the Gambia police band and MAJaC Students and staff from traffics lights to MAJaC premises in Bakau Newtown South. Statements were delivered by Sang Mendy, the managing director of MAJaC, Muhammed S. Bah, the president of the Gambia Press Union and Isatou Keita, a trainer at MAJaC. All the speakers spoke highly of the event describing it as an avenue to unlock potentials and enable students to connect with their colleagues and trainers. Day one of the event saw teams compete in debate, poetry, drama and news presentation. Two teams namely; team Kennet Y. Best and Team Jainaba Nyang Njie proceeded to the finals of the debate while team Fatu Camara and team Kenneth Y. Best qualified for the finals of the poetry. On day two, teams competed in sporting activities; football, athletics, tug of war, relay, musical chair, bucket balance among other exciting sporting activities. Team Jainaba Nyang Njie was declared winners of the sports, followed by team Deyda Hydara. The event was held at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium in Tallinding. On the third and the final day of MAJaC week, students competed in beauty pageant and the finals of the debate, poetry and news presentation. Team Kenneth Y Best won the beauty pageant, drama, and news presentation while team Fatu Camara won the debate and poetry. Miss Maimuna Fatty of team Kenneth Y Best, was crowned the Queen of MAJaC, at a colourful event held at Semega Janneh Hall. Miss Maimuna P. Mendy of team Jainaba Nyang Njie won the first runner-up, miss Ajie Ramou Secka of team Fatu camara won the second runner-up and miss Isatou N. Saho won the third runner-up. Cash prizes were presented to all the four contestants. The MAJaC week is an annual event which gives students the opportunity to learn, interact and socialize with colleagues outside the four corners of the classroom.
The managing director of the Media Academy for Journalism and Communication Sang Mendy, is in Paris, France to attend responsible migration reporting conference organized by CFI Media Development. He joins fellow journalism directors from Africa, Europe, Asia and South America. CFI is a public sector operator and a subsidiary of the France Médias Monde group tied to the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. The organisation looks at issues raised by the media coverage of migrations. MAJAC is invited to take part in this international project which includes journalism students from Mauritania, Guinea and Niger to raise awareness on the importance of covering migrations with fairness and perspective. In more concrete terms, MAJaC will collaborate with Ecole supérieure de journalisme de Lille), to set editorial guidelines and produce journalistic content for TV, radio, newspaper magazine, and digital media platforms.