Malawi Institute of journalism (MIJ) on Friday graduated 242 journalism students who graduated with Diploma’s and Certificates under the theme ”Energizing Environmental friendly Journalism”.
The graduation took place at Comesa Hall in Blantyre where 133 students graduated with certificates while other 109 students graduated with Diploma’s.
Speaking during the graduation, Principle Secretary in the ministry of information, Tourism and Culture, Chimwemwe Band said the Graduation tells a long story in the rapid growth of the media industry and that she was pleased with the large number of female graduates.
“Am very excited today as the country is adding another chunk of well trained journalists and this shows how the media industry is growing. What has interested me a lot is large number of female journalists graduating today,” she said.
Banda advised graduates to refrain from receiving money from their sources (Ziponda), engage themselves in self employment jobs using knowledge they got from school and that they should remain true to values of journalism.
She also described the theme of graduation as relevant, saying the country need more journalists who can write and air out issues concerning the environment and assured graduates that government and other organizations is more than ready to recruit some graduates to fill in some spaces.
MIJ Executive Director, Dalitso Nkunika said graduates have acquired capacity to make a difference in the country as far as media is concerned.
“Let me assure you that the knowledge we have imparted in them is the best and that we are optimistic that they will deliver in a professional manner”. Said Nkunika
A representative of students Bennadeta Chiwanda said they are ready to Inform, educate and entertain the public using skills and knowledge they got during studies.
MIJ has training centers in all the regions in the country.