Who starts well, ends well. At the end of the training seminar organized by the Atlantic African News Agencies Federation (Faapa) in Rabat, Morocco on 23-28 May, sports journalists from African news agencies were equipped with new concepts for good practice in the profession. The head of this body, Khalil Hachimi Indrissi, pleased with the smooth running of this training session, invited African sports columnists to a sense of responsibility.
Twenty people came from all over the continent for this training based on mastery of techniques for sports journalism good practice. It all started with the inauguration ceremony on Monday, 23 May, where, on behalf of the absent President Khalil Hachimi, Mohamed Anis, Secretary General of FAAPA, invited the attendees to mark their time to pursue this high level. education. The first of its kind in Faapa history. He said it is this training that is part of Faapa’s action plan for 2022, which was approved by the executive council at the meeting in Dakar, Senegal last November.
The aim of this seminar was to develop the capacity of sports journalists to better cover issues related to the coverage of major national, regional and international sporting events. The training also aimed to increase the performance and productivity of sports journalists in reporting and processing sports information. And finally, promoting the exchange of experience and reinforcing the journalists’ capacity to produce innovative content in the field of sports information, while respecting the principles of professional ethics and deontology, was also a question in this training.
Therefore, the training was supervised and moderated by several speakers under the leadership of Magloire Gnae Oulidehi of Ivory and Mamadou Salif Diallo of Senegal. With an interactive methodology followed by content-rich presentations, the participants were determined to change something in the practice of sports journalism, bringing the exchanges to a very interesting level.
During the 5 days African sports journalists learned a few things about mastering the techniques for the good practice of sports journalism. Especially the new techniques of sports journalism; sports journalism in the digital age; sports and socio-economic development issues; sports and communication and cultural issues; and finally, the deontology and professional ethics of sports journalism.
Network of sports journalists comes to light
And as expected, the organizers decided to create a network of sports journalists from African press agencies (RJS-FAAPA), a body affiliated with Faapa. Its aim is to promote the exchange of experience, data and skills among its members in all areas of common interest, particularly in the field of sports journalism. It also aims to organize thematic seminars and symposiums under the leadership of FAAPA and in partnership with African and international institutions and organizations.
Senegalese Mamadou Salif Diallo, head of the sports department of the Senegalese Press Agency (APS), has been appointed as the general coordinator of this Network, supported by the Mauritanian Amadou Sy, who has been appointed as the Secretary General. Therefore, the network will carry out its actions thanks to the active support of its members; sports day workers who provide him with his support and skills. RJS-FAAPA can provide assistance from external experts or organizations, if necessary.
Full support to the sports journalists network
In his closing speech, Faapa President Khalil Hachimi welcomed the establishment of the African News Agencies Sports Journalists Network, to which he gave his full support. He insisted, reminding the participants that knowledge is morality first and that sport is only a branch. ” If we need to change something in the field of sports in Africa, we will do it with you. Sport means competing with someone in the spirit of fair play, sport is not war. invited the participants before proceeding to the patent granting ceremony.
Guy-Louis Elongo, Special Representative for Morocco