HUYE - Over 30 journalists working with the National University of Rwanda’s Radio Salus, last week began a two-day workshop on election reporting ahead of next year’s Presidential elections.
The trainees, many of whom are new in the profession, will be covering Presidential elections for the very first time.
“When you are not informed, you can’t inform the audience”, said Aldo Havugimana, Director of Radio Salus’.
Protais Rumanzi, the Director of Electoral Operations Unit in Rwanda’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) noted that journalists as partners in the electoral process need to be conversant with election procedures.
Berthine Gikundiro, one of the participants , noted that acquiring knowledge on elections is important because it supplements the basic guidelines on journalism ethics.
By the end of the workshop, trainees are expected to have strong knowledge on election laws and rules, good understanding of the Rwandan journalists’ code of conduct during elections and standards of free and fair elections, and the ability to cover elections independently and professionally.
The workshop was organised by the Radio Salus, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and the National University of Rwanda.