Virtual training boosts writing skills of sisters

Pokhara, Nepal. September 24, 2020: The virtual training on ‘News Writing and Reporting’ was held from 13th to 21st September 2020 on Zoom platform. It was 12 hours of training which comprised 18 sessions in totality. The training was organized by Sr. Pushpa Louis, the Province leader of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd in collaboration with the National Institute of Social Communication, Research, and Training (NISCORT), NCR-Delhi. There were 20 participants from Central East India Nepal province.

The purpose of the training was to equip the participants with news writing and reporting skills which is the need of the hour. In every field, reporting is highly expected; a qualitative report captures the attention of the reader. The training focused on value-based journalism by focusing on ethics and codes required for journalistic writing.

The resource person was Mr. Sumit Dhanraj, Communication and Media Trainer at NISCORT from Indore. The topics lectured by him were on citizen journalism, paragraph writing, essay writing, article and feature writing, letter to the editor, news report writing, newspaper analysis, interview reporting, press invitation, press conference, modern trends in journalism and measures to counter fake news in the media.

Sr. Sylvia Oliveira, a social worker from Mumbai acknowledged that an interview report reveals the facts. “I learnt to write reports objectively and enhanced my confidence in organizing media conferences. Journalism is a dynamic process and requires qualitative efforts as well as courage to convey the reality,” she said.

“The virtual training was great learning which enhanced the habit of reading newspapers, books and magazines. It helped me to differentiate between the news report and interview report. I realized the importance of composing innovative news headlines and articles,” articulated Sr. Arockiammal Selvanayagam, a nurse from Assam.

Sr. Arockia Mary Savarimuthu, a participant from Chennai declared, “I have learnt important news writing and reporting skills highlighting 5Ws and 1H. It gave me a taste to read the current issues. I have gained confidence and learned to compose catchy headings. The study material shared by the trainer stirred my interest to become a good reporter.”

The training on Print Journalism was excellent, informative and creative. “The teaching methodology was systematic and attracted the participants to learn and develop reporting skills. This training pushed me to cultivate the habit of reading newspapers, analyze reports critically and write the report appropriately,” stated Sr. Shanthi Jeganathan, a province treasurer from Nagpur.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for me to gain knowledge on news writing and reporting. I am thankful to the organizer, trainer and the director for their appreciation and insights,” remarked Sr. Nirmala Daniel, a social worker from Mulakalapalli, Telangana.

The training concluded with a vote of thanks from the trainer and organizer, followed by sharing and learning experience of the participants. Fr. Robinson Rodrigues, the new interim Director of the NISCORT Media College congratulated and appreciated the participants on successful completion of the training. He encouraged all to be analytical in analyzing news reports and doing proper journalism.  

Sr. Anthoniammal Soosaiappan
Pokhara, Nepal
(A participant of News Writing & Reporting Course)