It was exciting for some media practitioners when they found party of U.S. based Liberian journalists’ organization, the Association of Liberia Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) generous donations of computer laptops, and moder recorders to several journalists amid at improving their journalistic profession ahead of the October poll in Liberia.
The presentation was made by a 3-man team of ALJA from the United States headed by Pewee Baysah who urged the journalists to use the donations accordingly in the dissemination of credibility news and information, and further noted that said donations were made possible by ALJA members backed with several others in the United States.
Baysah also disclosed that this donation is part of its media development program which represents the organization’s overarching goal of empowering Liberian Journalists by providing them the logistical support and training necessary to effectively perform their reportorial duties.
He also used the occasion to present a check to ALJA Scholarship students at the state run university, the University of Liberia where some young Liberians are studying Mass Communication, urging them to study hard in pursuit of professional communication experts.
This colorful occasion was held on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at the head officer of Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding ((CEMASP) whose Executive Director, Malcolm Wleemogar Joseph, a Liberia ALJA represntative.
About 20 Media Institutions, including many community radio stations across the Country, will receive Laptop Computers and Digital Voice Recorders worth thousands of dollars from the Association of Liberia Journalists in the Americas (ALJA)
Bulk of the donation went to community radio stations in different parts of the county to help in their reportorial duties as they prepare for the Presidential and General elections scheduled for October this Year.
Media institution benefited from the donation were radio stations in Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Sinoe, Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Nimba, Grand Kru, Bong and Maryland Counties. Other media institutions in Monrovia including, the Analyst Newspaper, the Independent Probe, the Inquirer Newspaper, Global News Network (GNN), Lux FM radio at the University of Liberia and Prime TV among others are also expected to benefit.
The latest donation by ALJA represents its biggest yet to the Liberian media. Similar donations of Laptop Computers and Digital Voice Recorders were made in 2022 and 2021 respectively to over a dozen media institutions in the country.
The team from the United States included ALJA’s former Vice President and Chairman of its Media Fund, Pewee Baysah, External Relations Chairman Charles Crawford and the organization’s Assistant Secretary General, Peter Massaquoi who are all visiting the country, will oversee the donation.
ALJA is a conglomeration of current and retired Liberian journalists residing in the Americas. It is a 501c (3) non-profit organization. The Association was founded in 1998 with the objectives of fostering companionship amongst its members and their American counterparts. Additionally, ALJA is committed to advancing press freedom through media capacity building, and the fostering of good governance in Liberia through media advocacy.
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