By: Jerromie Walters
Monrovia, Liberia: In an effort to promote effective reporting and support to the Liberian Media, the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) today made a donation of several materials to the management of A-Mu-Wlu Communication Inc, owner of WOMEN TV-LIBERIA.
The materials donated include specifically a modern computer and a micro recorder.
The donation is part of ALJA’s media development program which represents the overarching goal of empowering Liberian Journalists by providing them the logistical support and training necessary to effectively perform their reportorial duties. Early ALJA made donations to other media Institutions in the same kind of five (5) laptops and ten digital tape recorders.
In a brief disclosure while making the donation at WOMEN’S TV-LIBERIA Office on 12th Street, Sinkor, ALJA former Vice President Mr. Pewee Baysah noted that the initiative is also part of ALJA’s role in giving back to the Liberian media, as well as a recognition of the online TV independent role in the Liberian media. “We recognize that you are just coming in the system but that’s when the empowerment begins, I think with all that you guys do, it’s in the interest of the Liberian people,” he said.
Mr Baysah further assured the Association’s commitment in accommodating the media house through various capacity building as long as it’s ethical and independent journalistic duties are on the right trajectory. “We are there for you as long as you are in the ethical guidelines journalism calls for. ALJA has taken on big powers here in Liberia, ALJA has spoken to the issues affecting the people of Liberia, the communities, the country in general and ALJA will continue with Joe being the head,” he added.
For her part, Women’s TV Liberia Chief Executive Officer(CEO) Lisa Tenneh Diasay acclaimed the Association for the donation, and further assured to have the materials us for the intended purpose.
The media house Boss however indicated that the materials are important for the workings of the entity, as they are cardinal to it’s need considering it’s involvement into online broadcast.
Ms. Diasay believes the donation is a kick start for the Association (ALJA) to look beyond the donation in the media landscape, and provide technical and other major support.
She also recommended the significance of additional support through institutional capacity building, as well as on hand training and mentorship for reporters across Liberia. WOMEN TV-LIBERIA, established 2020, is an online media which was established to
rebrand gender issues by bridging gender gap in Information dissemination and foster broader Participation of all.
The latest donation by ALJA represents the organization’s second direct outreach to Liberian journalists since the incumbency of current National President Joe Mason. In May of 2020 during the apex of the Covid-19 crisis in Liberia, the organization donated food and non-food items to Liberian Journalists through the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).
Meanwhile, the Association has announced that its 2022 National Convention will be an in-person event in Massachusetts from September 29 thru October 2nd and will be hosted by the New England Chapter.
ALJA release in release says the decision to gather in person was made by the organization’s membership in view of the increased number of people getting the Covid-19 vaccinations and the gradual relaxation of restrictions across the United States.
ALJA’s annual National convention is the biggest gathering in the diaspora of eminent personalities and journalists.
ALJA is a conglomeration of current and retired Liberian journalists residing in the Americas. It is a 501c (3) non-profit organization. The Association was founded in 1998 with the objectives of fostering companionship amongst its members and their American counterparts. Additionally, ALJA is committed to advancing press freedom through media capacity building, and the fostering of good governance in Liberia through media advocacy.