KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia The Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) is to strengthen relations with media practitioners from Sudan through the provision of training and sharing of expertise in journalism, said Bernama editor-in-chief Zakaria Abd Wahab.
He said the news agency planned to expand the role of its Centre for Excellence, which now provided training only to Bernama staff, in view of requests from government agencies and corporate bodies.
A visiting delegation from Sudan, headed by Global Innovation Training Centre Malaysia director Abdel Mutal Mohamed, had expressed the desire in this area. They are keen to make use of our (Bernama) service.
We will train those who are interested through the Bernama School of Journalism. Perhaps, for a start, we will draw up a module in stages and collaborate with any university, he said after welcoming the delegation at Wisma Bernama today.
He also said that the expanded service of the Centre for Excellence could generate additional revenue for the news agency that was over 50 years old.
Besides generating revenue, we can upgrade the Centre for Excellence, he said.
Zakaria said the time had come for Bernama to extend the training service to outsiders after having harboured that desire by taking into account various aspects.
This is not a new idea. We will now go ahead and provide training to media practitioners, particularly on writing and broadcasting, he said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK