Journalists drilled in nutrition reporting


Journalists in the country have been challenged to tell stories that give readers a real picture on nutrition issues in the country.

Nation Publications Limited features editor James Chavula said this on Thursday in Zomba during a three-day-media conference World Vision Malawi (WVM) organised to drill journalists in nutrition reporting.

Chavula: Know your audience

“You must write the story like a journalist; know your audience and highlight the problem. As a reporter, stick to facts, use simple language that a layman can understand and create an important narrative,” he said.

The conference brought together editors, reporters, workers from WVM and Blantyre district health officer Dr Medson Matchaya who engaged the reporters on the importance of understanding issues about nutrition and how to report them effectively.

Speaking earlier, Matchaya gave participants to the workshop an overview of nutrition status in the country.

“The prevalence of malnutrition in Malawi is that 37 percent of under-fives are stunted, 12 percent are underweight, three percent are wasted and 12 percent are born with low birth weight,” he said.

Zodiak Broadcasting Station reporter Cassim Aubi said he learned a lot from the conference.

“I now have a clear picture about nutrition. I have come to realise that apart from just eating, nutrition is related to health, economic development and even sports,” he said. n

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