LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi media has been challenged on investigative reporting that exposed authorities’ wrong doing for rural masses benefits.
With investigative reporting tend to unpack public funds abuses which could help rural people’s social needs.
During the two day training which INK Centre for Investigative Journalism in collaboration with the International Republican Institute (based in Washington, D.C, United States of America) carried on January 29-30, 2020 in the capital Lilongwe reveals gaps among local media practitioners on investigative reporting particularly on financial public authorities usage.
INK Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Programmes Manager Samantha Pilane emphasized the need for local media to do more on public officers financial evil dealings.
Pilane expected outstanding media power house in Malawi by end of the training that focused on improving journalist’s skills in investigative journalism, rural reporting/covering marginalized communities.
“The workshop aimed at equipping journalists with skills that they need to improve their basic skills in investigative journalism, rural reporting/covering marginalized communities; skills in investigating patterns of capital outflow and money laundering, while at the same time being able to avoid detection (online and offline) and operate under the radar while doing sensitive investigations.
“We are very satisfied that training achieved its purpose with expectation that Malawi media won’t be the same with effective investigative reporting for the betterment of rural people,” says Pilane.
Chikondi Chimala of Malawi News Agency (MANA) lauded the INK Centre for Investigative Journalism for rare chances of acquiring investigative reporting skills.
Chimala assured of effective reporting for the better that serves general public interests.
The two day workshop drew participants from key electronic, print and online media houses Among topic covered including obtaining company’s information (Incl accounts), financial uncovered, understanding company accounts, digital security for journalists, detecting and tracing money laundering and among others.