The Parliament Office(PO)
Media Workshop
Media Workshop

The Parliament of Botswana is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the American Embassy to support a media training program for journalists focused on Parliamentary reporting.  The training program, will take place from March 5 – 9 and it will focus on basic journalistic requirements, such as objectivity, transparency, non-partisan reporting, and accuracy, along with procedural aspects of Parliament itself. 
The objective is to provide those journalists that report on Parliament and its activities with the necessary tools to ensure accurate, knowledgeable, and objective reporting on one of Botswana’s most important democratic institutions.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Honorable Margaret Nasha will join United States Ambassador Michelle D. Gavin in welcoming journalists to the training session on Monday, March 5, 2012, at 9:00 am in the Ombudsman Building in Gaborone.  More than 50 journalists have been selected by their respective media outlets to participate in the training. 
Visiting U.S. journalist Ryan Teague Beckwith will conduct the training.  Beckwith is Features Editor at Roll Call, the acclaimed Washington, DC newspaper that focuses exclusively on the United States Congress.  He is also a member of the journalism faculty in the School of Professional Studies at Georgetown University.  Previously, he served as deputy editor and editor of, a news and information website launched by CQ Roll Call.  He has worked as a journalist at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and The Daily World in Aberdeen, Wash., and taught as a visiting instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State University and Grays Harbor College.  Along with John C. Hughes, he wrote and edited "On the Harbor: From Black Friday to Nirvana."  He received a bachelor's degree in rhetoric from Willamette University in 1997 and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2002.

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