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MDI Launches First Student’s Monthly Journal

MDI EDITORIAL TEAM FROM LEFT (L) CLEMENT WANI EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, SECOND FAR RIGHT (R) CHANY NINREW, MANAGING EDITOR, SECOND FAR RIGHT CHRISTINA NYALEL COPY EDITOR OTHERS POSTING FOR GROUP PHOTO.

By KEI EMMANUEL DUKU

The administration of Media Development Institute (MDI) has launched its first monthly student’s Journal.

While addressing students on January 20th, 2020 on the opening day of the second semester academic year 2019/2020, the Acting Principal of MDI, Ms. Irene Ayaa asked the students to form editorial team which will help in editing news items that will be published on the journal.  “I ask you to form your editorial team that will be editing stories written by you; it’s through this journal that you will be known to the world.”

Ayaa highlighted that the aim of the Student’s Journal is to expose students to develop writing skills while they are still within the institute. She calls on the students to concentrate and work hard in the semester. “This Journal will help to develop your writing skills. Journalism is a practical profession and therefore I call upon you to put much efforts this semester. It is going to be tough with a lot of practical work.” She added

Irene Ayaa has become the first female Acting Principal of MDI after taking over from Moses Hakim who took over from Collin Lasu the first Principal.

Responding to the call by the Acting Principle a week later, the students formed the editorial team comprising of seven members with Clement Wani as the Editor-in-Chief, Chany Ninrew, Managing editor, Christina Nyalel copy editor and Baiga Emmanuel Sports editor among others.

MDI was established in 2014 as a training wing of the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) to help in developing capacity of local journalists training.  It officially opened its first academic year in 2016 drawing in 19 students who attended the training and they were graduated in November 2017. The second graduation was done on August 29th, 2019 where two batches of classes in the academic years 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 were graduated. In total, MDI graduated 74 students out of which 21 were females.

In 2003 editors and owners of the leading media outlets in South Sudan formed AMDISS whose main objective was to help address the news and information void in the country and to address the lack of capacity by local journalists to report on the issues of human rights, good governance, freedom of expression and democracy through Media Development Institute (MDI)

Jacob Jiel Akol, Editor-in-Chief of Gurtong website and Late Alfred Taban of Juba Monitor were the first and second chairpersons respectively while Mary Ajith Director of Catholic Radio Network (CRN) is the current first female chairperson of AMDISS.

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