MANA reporter joins world body of news publishers

Ntcheu: A Malawi News Agency (MANA) reporter, Grace Kapatuka, has been admitted into a 2018/2019 media leadership program by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Kapatuka, who is District Information Officer for Ntcheu, joins an elite group of media women called Women in News (WIN) from across the East and Central African region that will see her benefit from a highly regarded media leadership programme, according to a letter signed by the Director of the grouping, Dr Tikhala Chibwana.

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is pleased to welcome you and your media company to join the Women in News (WIN) programme for 2018-2019.

You will be expected to take an Online Media Management course which is an introduction to management with a special focus on increasing the representation of women in senior positions in media houses, reads part of the letter.

After the online course, Kapatuka is expected to join other Women in News members from member countries in other media leadership trainings and courses both within and outside the country.

The Association aims at increasing the representation of women in senior media positions in media houses through the program which is fully funded. The grouping’s meetings and trainings take place in member countries.

The online management course will introduce participants to management principles, marketing, finance for non-finance managers, human resource management, strategic planning and generally groom them to be able to take full advantage of career opportunities that may come their way.

Speaking in an interview on Sunday, Kapatuka said she was happy to have been admitted into the program which she said will help shape her future into an experienced manager.

As you know that I am serving a district as an information officer, this is already a managerial position that requires special skills for you to be a good manager.

I hope this course will help me understand what management is all about as you know, it is not about yourself but how you delegate work to others and focus on the big picture of how things run, she said.

WAN-INFRA is a global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers which represents more than 18,000 publications, 15, 000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) finances both the programme and trainings.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA