November 18, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The Sierra Leone Photojournalist Association (SLPA), in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Sports Writers Association (SWASAL), Monday, 16 November concluded a one-day training in photojournalism, targeting 15 participants drawn from across the country.
The training took place at the Harry Yansaneh Memorial Hall, SLAJ headquarters on Campbell Street in Freetown.
Chairman of the opening ceremony, Canadian-born journalist Stephen Douglas, emphasised that the training was very important for the industry in Sierra Leone as “sports and other exclusive reporting cannot do without the long lens and graphic images.”
SWASAL National Secretary General, Sahr Morris Jr., spoke of how a single picture can tell a story a thousand times and further underscored that the main goal of the current executive was to conduct trainings for members in order to build their capacity.
“After this training I am sure people will begin to see the positive impact of photojournalism in our local newspapers,” said Sahr Morris Jr.
Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) President, Kelvin Lewis, cited several examples of how photos helped him in his reportage of Sierra Leone’s 11 years civil war. He revealed that publishing exclusive photos was one of the secrets behind his newspaper’s (Awoko) current success.
“Photos can change things; however, you the participants should first love and then learn the trade for you to go places,” said Kelvin Lewis.
The SLAJ President lauded SLPA for collaborating with SWASAL to bring professionalism into photojournalism.
In his statement, SLPA Director Kerifallah Janneh thanked SWASAL for the partnership. He added that more needed to be done in the area of training in order to showcase the unlimited talents in sports and the positive image of Sierra Leone through the camera.
Topics dealt with during the training include Different Postures; Market Creation; Income Generation, etc.
The training instructor was the BBC’s Durosimi Thomas.
The presentation of Certificate of Merit to all 15 participants formed the high point of the training.