GULU JOURNALISTS TRAINED ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH REPORTING

Journalists take a group photo after the training in Gulu

BY WALTER KUMIRA

GULU: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2021

The one day training for 20 journalists which took place at Flight View Hotel on Thursday in Gulu City was organized by Reproductive Health Uganda.

It aimed at equipping media practitioners with techniques on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), family planning and follow- up reporting.

The techniques learnt included the use of terms, how to develop and pitch well research story ideas, selections of sources, advocacy journalism on (SRHR) and FP and how to make follow up of the story.

Alex Pithua, a radio journalist in Gulu City, said he has been yearning for such training opportunities for a long time and hopes to improve on his health reporting skills especially after acquiring the techniques.

Journalists, when asked about their feelings about the training, unanimously, said the training was spot on and timely and it will enrich their knowledge on sexually and reproductive health rights, family planning and reporting.

Lillian Magezi, one of the facilitators, said journalists should use the opportunity to write stories on sexual reproductive health and rights, family planning and emerging issues especially during this Covid-19 pandemic.

She said by doing so, journalists in Gulu will make a contribution to educate and inform the different stakeholders on their roles and responsibilities.

Aldon Walukamba, another facilitator, said producing quality health stories should not be an issue to journalists after learning the key measures necessary like story angling, selection of news sources, and use of the medical terms, local policies, and statistics to back up their stories.

Filda Anicia, the in charge of Reproductive Health Uganda in Acholi and Part of West Nile, encouraged journalists to embrace sexual reproductive health and rights and family planning reporting since they have learnt the necessary skills.

Gulu LC5 chairperson, Christopher Opiyo Ateke, during his closing remarks, said training of journalists on sexual reproductive health and rights and family planning was very timely and hoped it will play key roles in combating the current alarming cases of teenage pregnancies in Acholi.

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