Opportunity Alert!!!

  The Media Academy for Journalism and Communication - MAJaC, in partnership with Freedom House under the Promoting Rights and Justice in The Gambia program, is pleased to announce the opening of applications for a comprehensive training program focused on ethical reporting for journalists.  This six-week training, commencing in April 2024, presents a valuable opportunity for early and mid-career journalists to enhance their understanding of journalistic ethics and professional standards. Applications are open until March 31, 2024, at 3pm.  Please submit your applications here: https://forms.gle/mGDTAp4jqnkNe8Mz7

Fact-Check Reporting Grant for Journalists

Media Academy for Journalism and Communication (MAJaC) with funding from UNESCO is inviting journalists to participate in a fact-check reporting grant to counter fake news and misleading information.    The grant is open and interested journalists can contact 3747123 to receive the pitching form.     All fact-check reports will be paid D5000. Explainers, fact-sheet, promised meter etc will be paid D3000.   Send your claims to [email protected] and copy to [email protected] and [email protected]

MAJaC- UNESCO commenced Fact-Check Training for Journalists

  Media Academy for Journalism and Communication -MAJaC with funding from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO Dakar, commenced a 3-day training in Advanced Fact-Checking and verification for 25 Journalists including community radio staff.   The training is part of a one-year project that the Academy is implementing which seeks to boost the operational capacity of FactCheck Gambia. Trainees will learn the practical aspect of digital verification of images and videos, accountability journalism among other thematic areas of fact-checking and will further prepare you to participate in the reporting grant that the Academy will roll-out soon.   Meita Touray the Project Manager, said fact-checking is a complex area in media work which requires skills to unravel truth from falsehood and misleading information. She said politicians, religious leader and those in authority tend to use the media in their quest to mislead the public. This she added can lead to serious consequences like tension and division in a country.   “The role of journalists is crucial in disseminating accurate information to the public. Journalists must expose “fake news” regardless of where it emanates from. This is what MAJaC and UNESCO seek to promote by continually training journalists in fact-checking through projects and reporting grants to keep fact-checking alive in The Gambia,” she said.    Ngenarr Yassin Jeng, representative from UNESCO Dakar office, highlighted the numerous works that UNESCO has done in supporting Journalists and Civil society in the Gambia. She reiterated UNESCO’s unwavering support to promoting Democracy and Good Governance in the Gambia.   James Badjie MAJaC's Director of Training reiterated the importance of reporting accurate and reliable information, citing that misinformation/disinformation and even mal-information proliferates with disturbing speed, making the pursuit of truth morally imperative.   Sainey Fofana, a participant, working for Soma Community Radio, said the training will help in his daily work as community radio journalist. “The training will help to detect and counter fake news by verifying information using the tools I will learn from this training.   “Community Media plays an important role in information dissemination and I am excited to be part of this training. I will use the knowledge gained to verify and report accurately on stories of interest to my community.”   After this training, participants and other journalists would participate in fact-check reporting grant to enable them report fact-check stories.

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MAJaC- UNESCO commenced Fact-Check Training for Journalists

  • by Abibatou Ceesay
  • March 11, 2024

  Media Academy for Journalism and Communication -MAJaC with funding from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO Dakar, commenced a 3-day training in Advanced Fact-Checking and verification for 25 Journalists including community radio staff.   The training is part of a one-year project that the Academy is implementing which seeks to boost the operational capacity of FactCheck Gambia. Trainees will learn the practical aspect of digital verification of images and videos, accountability journalism among other thematic areas of fact-checking and will further prepare you to participate in the reporting grant that the Academy will roll-out soon.   Meita Touray the Project Manager, said fact-checking is a complex area in media work which requires skills to unravel truth from falsehood and misleading information. She said politicians, religious leader and those in authority tend to use the media in their quest to mislead the public. This she added can lead to serious consequences like tension and division in a country.   “The role of journalists is crucial in disseminating accurate information to the public. Journalists must expose “fake news” regardless of where it emanates from. This is what MAJaC and UNESCO seek to promote by continually training journalists in fact-checking through projects and reporting grants to keep fact-checking alive in The Gambia,” she said.    Ngenarr Yassin Jeng, represented UNESCO Dakar office highlighted the numerous works that UNESCO has done in supporting Journalists and Civil society in the Gambia. She reiterated UNESCO’s unwavering support to promoting Democracy and Good Governance in the Gambia.   James Badjie MAJaC's Director of Training reiterated the importance of reporting accurate and reliable information, citing that misinformation/disinformation and even mal-information proliferates with disturbing speed, making the pursuit of truth morally imperative.   Sainey Fofana, a participant, working for Soma Community Radio, said the training will help in his daily work as community radio journalist. “The training will help to detect and counter fake news by verifying information using the tools I will learn from this training.   “Community Media plays an important role in information dissemination and I am excited to be part of this training. I will use the knowledge gained to verify and report accurately on stories of interest to my community.”   After this training, participants and other journalists would participate in fact-check reporting grant to enable them report fact-check stories.

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MAJaC held an orientation for Civil Society Organisations

  • by Abibatou Ceesay
  • February 22, 2024

  MAJaC held an orientation for Civil Society Organisations members as part of the US Embassy Banjul funded project “Strengthening the Media and CSOs for improved democracy”. The training which will run for 3-months, aims to strengthen the capacity of 20 CSO members in proactive advocacy using digital media tools and social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and TikTok, instead of staying rooted to the conventional means of reaching their target audiences.  Sang Mendy, the Managing Director of MAJaC, emphasized the importance of CSOs using innovative approaches to promote transparency, good governance, and citizen engagement. “The CSOs are central in helping citizens to be interested in politics; how they are governed. With the right advocacy, outreach and sensitization by the CSO using various forms of media, citizens will begin to demand for their rights, insist on transparency and good governance and or hold the Government accountable for actions and inaction”, Mendy added.  MAJaC is committed to building a network of empowered CSOs and media professionals with the aim of creating a lasting impact on democratic processes and promoting a culture of good governance and accountability.

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MAJaC and GAMES Launch UPCIM project

  • by Abibatou Ceesay
  • February 12, 2024

  The Media Academy for Journalism and Communication -MAJaC and The Gambia Media Support -GAMES today Launch ‘Unlock Potentials to Combat Irregular Migration (UPCIM)’ project.    Sang Mendy, MAJaC Managing Director and UPCIM Project Manager, said the project seeks to address the root causes of irregular migration- unemployment, underemployment and hopelessness. It aims to help Gambian youth acquire media-related skills for employment and employment creation to combat irregular migration. “… MAJaC will in this project work with a group of CSOs through a coalition representing youth, migrant returnees, women, families, and more to developing adequate responses to combat irregular migration,” he said. “To do that MAJaC will build the capacity of 16 CSO staff with solid theoretical and practical communication and advocacy skills to conduct massive, proactive and innovative anti-irregular migration sensitisation.”   Marianne Frederiksen, GAMES Project Manager, delved into MAJaC-GAMES partnership which now surpassed two decades. “The ambition is high, but after being partnering with MAJaC and the Gambian press Union for many years, we know that the organisations here is able to create the results,” she stated.   Frederiksen is hopeful that the project would be able to make a little change in the life of some young migrants and build the capacity of MAJAC to be even more successful as a relevant training academy.   Modou S. Joof, Secretary General, Gambia Press Union (GPU), said the Gambia Press Union (GPU) is pleased to be associated with this project, implemented by the Media Academy for Journalist and Communication and the Denmark-based Gambia Media Support (GAMES) to 'Unlock Potentials to Combat Irregular Migration (UPCIM)'. “This is an important project meant to address the challenges of migration that the Gambia is faced with, especially issues of irregular migration,” he said. “It is in line with the GPU’s efforts of building the capacity of media workers to effectively tackle the problems associated with irregular migration and the root causes by raising awareness on the subject.”   Forty-eight (48) Gambian youths would receive an intensive nine-month training in Film & Photography, Communication and Digital Media Production & Management. This will equip them with the necessary skills to start-up their own business or grab gainful employment. For a successful implementation of this project, on top of its flagship journalism programme, the academy would develop a curriculum in Film & Photography, Communication and Digital Media Production & Management.   MAJaC will host and coordinate a CSO Coalition to help raise awareness on opportunities often overlooked in The Gambia.

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MAJaC Graduates 38 Students

  • by Abibatou Ceesay
  • February 10, 2024

  The Media Academy for Journalism and Communication- MAJaC graduates two batches of 38 students who have successfully completed the Advanced Diploma in Journalism and Communication. The graduation is the second of its kind which was graced by high profile dignitaries, members of the press and media chiefs.   Professor Prierre Gomez, the minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, while giving his statement on the “Role of Journalism in National Development”, said journalists are essential part of national development. He reiterated his ministry’s committed to supporting journalists and journalism students in the Gambia.   “The best five students of this batch will be will be given full scholarships at B.A or B.Sc. levels should they get admissions into the University of the Gambia school of Journalism”.   Sang Mendy, Managing Director of the MAJaC said MAJaC would continue to strengthen democracy in The Gambia through a broad-based and high-quality professional training for media, communication specialists and content producers.   “Graduands as you bid us farewell, I implore you to carry forth the values instilled in you during your time at MAJaC. As you step into the world of journalism, remember that you are not merely reporters but storytellers, entrusted with the sacred duty of illuminating truth and inspiring change. Let your work be guided by integrity, empathy, and a relentless pursuit of justice. You must continue to keep our flag high”, Mendy highlighted.   Abibatou Ceesay, the best graduating student, who scooped the International Relations, Human Rights Law and Psychology awards, shared some of encouragement with her fellow graduands. “As we bid MAJaC farewell and face this world full of uncertainty, the grass may not be greener on the other side. However, let us be resilient and endeavour to carry the knowledge, skills and experience, and continue to strive for excellence, embrace diversity, and make a positive difference in our lives and the lives of others.”   Ya Sohna Sonko and Omar Ahmadou Touray emerged Second and Third best students respectively.    Other speakers included Gibairu Janneh, the keynote speaker and the Director of Communication and IT, Muhammed S. Bah, Board Chair of MAJaC and Modou Joof, Secretary General of the Gambia Press Union.   MAJaC is renowned for its hand-on training which is anchored on media ethics, analysis, critical thinking and research. The academy is lauded as a “revolution” in journalism education in the Gambia.

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MAJaC Launches project "Strengthening CSO's and Media for improved Democracy and Good Governance."

  • by Abibatou Ceesay
  • January 19, 2024

  The Media Academy for Journalism and Communication (MAJaC)launched a project titled “Strengthening CSOs and Media for Improved Democracy and Good Governance". The project which is funded by the United States Embassy in The Gambia, seeks to build and empower the capacity of 20 Community radio journalists and 20 CSO members on interactive radio programming and proactive advocacy.   Sang Mendy, the Managing Director of MAJaC says, the CSOs and the media lack the capacity to engage in proactive advocacy and interactive content, thereby making it difficult to reach their targets. This project he said, will bridge these gaps by equipping the Media and CSOs to effectively play their watchdog roles. Mendy urged the participants to be committed and actively take part in the trainings.    “We look forward to your dedication, commitment and your desire to learn and share during the cause of the training”, he continued.   Susan Solomon, Public affairs officer at the US embassy Banjul said the media is a pillar of a healthy democracy, while highlighting some of the challenges journalists in the Gambia faced during the former regime. The US Embassy she said, is committed to helping Gambian journalists through various projects, trainings and fellowships.   “We are happy to launch this project. MAJaC is producing leaders, journalists, media experts who will be at the forefront in ensuring equity, democracy, transparency and economic prosperity”.   Other speakers included Modou Joof, Secretary General of the Gambia Press Union, Alagie S. Cham, program officer at TANGO and Amadou O. Bah, Secretary General of Community radios in the Gambia.   Media Academy for Journalism and Communication is committed to building a network of empowered CSOs and media professionals with the aim of creating a lasting impact on democratic processes and promoting a culture of good governance.