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‘Concord Times newspaper is a better place to learn’

…says Bournemouth University intern

April 8, 2016 By Victoria Saffa

Casper and Al (seated first and second left) bade farewell to staff of Concord Times yesterday
Casper and Al (seated first and second left) bade farewell to staff of Concord Times yesterday

Two students from Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom, who were on a three weeks internship with Concord Times (CT) bade farewell to staff of Concord Times yesterday.

Al Mansaray (Sierra Leonean) and Casper Hsu (Taiwanese), who commenced their three weeks placement with Concord Times on 21 April, said the pioneering newspaper was the best place to have cut their journalist teeth.

Making his farewell statement, Al Mansaray noted that they had gained new experiences and learned a lot while reporting for the newspaper in Freetown.

He explained that while in the UK, they checked several newspapers online and chose Concord Times because their content is very rich, adding that it didn’t take long to convince their course leader to approve their choice.

“This is my very first time to work as a local newspaper journalists and I promise that Concord Times will always be a parental body to me; I  am going to share my experiences [with colleagues and faculty staff] when I  return,” he stated.

He admonished CT reporters to take their work seriously, adding that studying journalism was not for money but passion, and also thanked the management for making them feel at home during three weeks of internship.

General Manager of CT, Victor Ehis Eghobor, thanked the interns for choosing the award winning newspaper to do their internship, among scores of newspapers in the country, adding that management appreciated their effort, time, energy and commitment to work.

In his statement, Acting Editor, Abu-Bakarr Sheriff, said any editor would dream of getting committed and dedicated interns like the departing Bournemouth University duo.

“I appreciate your efforts and applaud the convivial relationship who built with our reporters, spanning a brief placement with us. Your dedication to work is faultless. Concord Times will always be your home as our doors are always open to share knowledge, expertise and experiences with our interns,” he said.

During their stay at CT, both interns exhibited tremendous knack for professionalism and ethics, and worked on stories which made either the lead story or front page.

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