Through the USAID-supported Ganta Regional Media Resource Center (MRC), journalists and youth from Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Bong, and River Gee Counties are benefitting from free internet access, computer literacy and space for specialized training for community radio and print media from across the region. In 2019 alone, the center catered to nearly 2,500 end-users.
“Being a rural journalist, one of the biggest challenges we face is affordable internet access. With the center, we now have easy access to the Internet, a tool that is very much important for dispatching timely news reports to our institutions,” said Ishmael Makor, Daily Observer Newspaper’s Nimba and South Eastern Bureau Chief and frequent user of the Ganta Media Center.
“In the absence of affordable internet access, we use to rely heavily on commercial and other drivers to get our news stories to Monrovia. The stories would sometimes get lost in the process. Now with this media center, we dispatch stories in real time, and this is just amazing!"
The MRC’s statistics showed that youth who are excited to hone their computer literacy skills topped the enrollment list of MRC users. Most of the capacity enhancement activities at the MRC in 2019 included introducing program beneficiaries to basic computer usage and navigation, report writing, internet browsing and research, and news report filing for Ganta based journalists.