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Church in Namibia Trains Personnel in News Reporting and Photojournalism

Monday 11 April 2016, by SIGNIS

Windhoek, April 11th, 2016 (Father Don Bosco Onyalla/Canaa). The Catholic Church in Namibia, with the collaboration of the CREC, organized a news reporting and photojournalism training on the theme “Discovering, Experiencing and Creating”.

The training took place in Windhoek, during three days, and gathered 40 participants from the three dioceses in Namibia, among them nine priests, one permanent deacon, a religious nun, and laity selected from active parishioners.

According to the Coordinator of the Department of Social Communication of the Namibian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (NCBC), Sr. Scholastica Kaliki, this was a pioneer training by the Church in Namibia. “For the first time in the history of the Namibian Catholic Church, the consciousness for information technology and media sensitization was given emphasis,” Sr. Scholastica said in a message to CANAA.

She said the workshop aimed at assisting “the Department of Social Communication to reach out to all parts of Namibia in terms of sourcing news, highlighting the plight of many Namibians, creating awareness, and disseminating news revolving on evangelizing the Church and creating relationship.”

Professor Sean-Patrick Lovett from the Vatican Radio facilitated the training, assisted by Tim Harris and Sean Lategan both from South Africa. Prof. Lovett emphasized the need for messages to be “clear, concise, concrete, credible and creative,” Sr. Kaliki told CANAA and explained how he used projected images to illustrate the way images can create messages.

“Participants were divided in groups and were asked to shoot photos with their smart phones, the most available tool, and achieve the following criteria: crisp, clear, compose, connect and captivate,” Sr. Kaliki explained and added, “The result was very impressive and encouraging.”

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