Citizenship journalism workshop was conducted at Paro college of Education on 8th of August, 2012 by Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy for Media Club Members in the College.
The day long workshop was aimed at “deepening students’ understanding of journalism and its role in democracy, to guide students in the principle of newspaper design, and to train students in the basics of news writing” said Manny Fassi, the representative of BCMD.
There was also the presence of Professor Cherian George, Mr. Samuel, and Mr. Kayting from Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Cherian said that journalism is about “telling stories on current events, using investigation, observation, and analysis, and to help the people make sense of changes and take part in the public life”. He added that “journalism is not about writing propaganda for government, business and other powerful institution but serving public without being slaves”.
The participants also learned on journalist ethics, basic rules on writing news and designing newspapers. Later in the evening, the participants met with the journalism students from Singapore where they shared their ideas on journalism, issues, and cultures.
The workshop was attended by more than 40 students from Paro College of Education, Taktse College and Youth Go Youth.