The Nemandala web newspaper’s annual Young Journalist’s Training Programme was hosted by the Kelaniya University’s Communication and Media Unit to enhance practical knowledge and skills of young journalists at the University. The seminar series was held from the 22 to 26 August from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm in the Boardroom of the Faculty of Science.
The training programme series also provided undergraduates of the Department of Mass Communication as well as those of other faculties interested in media with the opportunity to be oriented with media.
The seminars were conducted by Mawbima’s Editor-in-Chief Thivanka Baragama, Deputy Editor Mawbima – Susil Suraweera, Deputy Features Editor Dinamina – Iroshini Deepika, Deputy Chief Sub Editor – Senarath Pushpananda, Features Editor Divaina – Jagath Kanahera Arachchi, Director and Deputy Director (Current Affairs) Channel Eye/Rupavahini – Sanjaya Indrakumara, News Director Ada Derana-Uwaraj Athukorala, News Editor Lankadeepa – Ranjan Kasturi, Deputy Editor The Island – Saman Indrajith, General Manager Ada Derana – Wasanthi Nanayakkara, Director of Sinhala Services Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation – Indika Jayaratne, Channel Head News 1st – Suranga Senanayake, senior journalists from electronic and print media.
The training programmes were organised by the Communication and Media Unit under the supervision of the Director of the Communication and Media Unit, Senior Lecturer Saman Rajapakshe, under the guidance of the Kelaniya University Vice Chancellor, Senior Professor Nilanthi De Silva. Many undergraduates took part in both online and in-person seminars.