Since February 2016, a total of 60 journalists from 40 different radio stations, 5 television channels and 10 online media outlets have strengthened their journalistic experience and knowledge by attending the six training workshops that have been organised on this theme.
These two-week training workshops focused on identifying the expectations and needs of different audience groups, and also looked at how to find and use information as well as the production and broadcasting techniques required to make it accessible to as many people as possible. This project also included training the trainers.
Four Guinean journalists were selected and trained to lead some of the workshops and to help with future projects. With the support of
Fraternité Médicale Guinée (FMG, Guinea Medical Fraternity), one of the project partners, the 'Guinea Health News' guide was produced as a dedicated communication aid enabling journalists to more easily broadcast and approach health-related topics and adapt the messages conveyed for different communities.
At the closing ceremony held at the
Maison de la Presse (Press House) in Conakry, which was attended by the French Embassy representative Mr Ghislain Poissonnier (Attaché for Governance, Democracy and Rule of Law) and Dr Yansane (the lead adviser to the Guinean Health Minister), CFI and its partners gave prizes of recording devices and computers to the winning journalists and media professionals, according to their categories.
The aim of running the competition was to persuade media executives to incorporate health news into their programming on a long-term basis, as well as to encourage journalists to apply the skills learned through the training.