Sang Mendy, Managing Director of MAJaC and Caroline Anipah of PTCIJ at the signing ceremony

 

The Media Academy for Journalism and Communication (MAJaC) has on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) at a signing ceremony held at the Academys’ campus in Bakau.

The objectives of the MoU are to enhance capacity building through training, collaboration on media, communication, and information research. It will also see the two institutions host a national election intervention programme beginning with 2021 general elections and as well explore areas such as data journalism as a component of media innovation and revenue generation.
The partnership will help the two institutions to collaborate and use each other’s expertise for the benefit of both institutions. Part of the objectives of the MoU is to see the two institutions host a national election intervention programme beginning with 2021 general elections and as well explore areas such as data journalism as a component of media innovation and revenue generation.
Sang Mendy, the Managing Director of MAJaC said the academy will utilize the MoU to offer training on information disorder, fact-checking and the emerging new trends in the media.
“MAJaC has very good journalism programmes, but as I speak, we have no programme on fact-checking and information disorder. Therefore, partnerships like this one will help build the capacity of our students in these areas”, he said.
Caroline Anipah of PTCIJ said misinformation has become a problem in Africa which calls for more partnership between media organizations.
“We want to build the capacity of Gambian journalists and also conduct research in The Gambia. We have implemented many programmes on good governance in other countries like Ghana and Nigeria. Our fact-checking training attracted MAJaC so we are looking forward to great things”, she said.
PTCIJ is a non-governmental organization founded in 2014 to promote a truly independent media landscape that advances fundamental human rights, good governance and accountability in West Africa through investigative journalism, open data and technology.
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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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