LWT drills journalists in wildlife, forestry crimes reporting

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT) has drilled over 30 journalists in wildlife and forestry crimes reporting in order for them to be able to come up with well reported news stories concerning wildlife and forestry offenses.

The journalists that have been drilled are from various country’s media houses including; Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC), Nyasatimes, Capital Radio, Yoneco FM, Timveni Radio and Nation Publications Limited among others.

Among other things, the journalists have been tipped on classification of wildlife and forestry species, technical terms desirable in wildlife and forestry crimes reporting as well as steps involved in handling cases in relation to wildlife and forestry by the court.

Some journalists following the proceedings of the workshop as one of the facilitators speaks

In an interview, LWT Head of Campaigns and Advocacy, Samantha Nampuntha said that they decided to train the journalists after noticing their passion in writing news stories pertaining to wildlife and forestry crimes.

“We have seen number of articles by journalists concerning; arrest, conviction and sentencing of various wildlife and forestry crimes going out on radios, TVs, newspapers and other online news platforms.

“Hence we thought it was important to give the journalists some training so that they should understand legal terms and other things regarding wildlife and forestry crimes so that they should be able to write better stories,” Nampuntha said.

She added that, as LWT they will continue working with journalists by providing them with full information concerning environment, wildlife and forestry.

“We will always be working with members of the media especially by providing them with rich information related to environment, forestry and wildlife so that they can understand issues around these bases,” she said.

In his remarks, one of the renowned MBC journalists who attended the media training, Mayeso Chikhadzula, appreciated LWT for organizing the training.

“Cases to do with wildlife and forestry have got jargons which we need to be updated as members of the media in order for us to write good stories concerning forestry and wildlife crimes.

“Therefore I would like to thank LWT for organizing the media workshop as it has enlightened us on how we can write better stories about wildlife and forestry crimes,” Chikhadzula said.