35 Journalists and Press Officers Completed Journalism Training in Kassala

Khartoum, 27 October 2008: 35 journalists from Kassala Radio and TV Corporation, press officers in line ministries, and local correspondents from different media outlets completed a ten day journalism training session in Kassala. The training was carried out by Mr. Mohammed Khaled, a Sudanese broadcast journalist working for the London-based BBC Arabic Radio, deployed to Kassala by UNDP’s Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriates (TOKTEN) Project.

The training programme kicked off on 13 October with a discussion and analysis of the media landscape in Sudan. Over the ten days, Mr. Khaled’s practical training covered all relevant skills including writing cues for stories; interviews and clips; editorial standards and values; TV and Radio interviewing skills; and voice delivery training.

In an effort to customize the training to the specific needs of Kassala’s journalists and press officers, Mr. Khaled also addressed the production of media reports; media coverage in hostile areas; media and community related issues such as HIV/AIDS and disasters; elections coverage; and leadership and management of media institutions.

The training addressed journalism standards in Kassala Radio and TV Corporation, which is the local radio and TV station operating in Kassala State. Supported by 210 staff, the corporation covers local and national news, and addresses education, health, development, and social issues through various shows and programs.

With five hours of broadcasting per day, Kassala Radio covers Kassala and Gadaref states as well as some parts of the River Nile State, while Kassala TV broadcasts three hours per day and reaches 80% of the estimated 2,5 million people living in Kassala State.

Mr. Khaled graduated in 1985 from the University of Science and Technology in Khartoum with a degree in media studies. In 1986, he started his journalistic career with Al-Osbou’ daily. Then in 1988, Mr. Khaled moved to the United Arab Emirates where he worked for Abu Dhabi TV, Sharjah TV, Al-Arabiya news channel, and several newspapers.

Mr. Khaled is the 32nd Sudanese expatriate to have been deployed by UNDP’s TOKTEN to share knowledge and expertise with Sudanese institutions. For the past three years, the TOKTEN project has been tapping into the knowledge and expertise of highly qualified Sudanese professionals. The project covers the travel and living expenses for any highly qualified professional expatriates who fulfill the selection criteria outlined in the project’s web page: www.sd.undp.org/projects/tokten.htm


For more information, please contact:

Mr. Mohamed Elsayed Ali , TOKTEN Project Manager: tokten.sd@undp.org
Ms. Aicha Elbasri, Head, Communications Unit: aicha.elbasri@undp.org

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