ISTANBUL (AA) – Anadolu Agency has launched a new journalism training course in local administration in association with the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) in Istanbul’s Zeytinburnu district.
The course, which is set to train local municipal personnel from the Balkans and Central Asian countries, features theory and practical subjects in journalism. The course will be taught in English but will offer Russian translation to the students as well.
Some 20 countries will participate in the training, including Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, and Mongolia.
During the four-day course, a group of 20 participants who are working for municipalities’ press and public relations units will benefit from Anadolu Agency’s experience.
At the opening ceremony, News Academy Deputy Coordinator Hayri Cetinkus said, “Anadolu Agency has 96 years of experience witnessing developments in Turkey and nearby countries. The agency recently became internationally known.”
Fahri Solak, the municipalities’ group general secretary, stressed the role of the media in transmitting knowledge of local administrative service.
Sencar Karamuco, a participant from Kosovo’s Prizren municipality, said “As we gained our independence recently we lack local administration skills. Through this training we try to overcome the deficiencies we come across”.
Another participant from Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, said he would benefit from the training.
The training program runs through Friday.Certificates will be awarded to participants upon successful completion of the training.