MPI plans to introduce a ‘master class’, led by big names in the field of journalism

MPI plans to introduce a ‘master class’, led by big names in the field of journalism

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) plans to introduce a master class program that will be conducted by big names in the fields of journalism, public relations and corporate communication.

MPI chairman Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya said among the figures who will be featured in the program are Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar (television talk show), Datuk A. Kadir Jasin (column writing), Dr T. Selva (crisis management), Datuk Yong Soo Heong ( business writing), Premesh Chandran (media management) and Dr Prebagaran Jayaraman (public speaking).

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of MPI’s Train-the-Trainer (TTT) program on Thursday, he said international journalist figures would also be invited to organize MPI’s master class.

As a leading journalism training center in the country, Chamil said MPI always strives to strengthen its short-term training program.

“Among the big programs we have held are International Journalism Fellowship for seven years using a government grant worth RM5 million, Zamalah Wartawan 1Malaysia and several others.

“MPI has also collaborated with Universiti Utara Malaysia to hold classes at Master’s level in Management Communication Science for senior journalists,” he said.

In addition to empowering MPI’s training program by helping its regular speakers to be recognized as a Certified/Accredited HRD Corp Trainer, he said MPI also purchased an office unit in Radius Business Park, Cyberjaya to be used as another training center which is currently in the final stages of renovation and can be used from this mid-September.

He said with the two training centers, MPI will be able to boost courses related to journalism, media management, public relations and corporate communication.

Chamil said that from next year, the MPI training unit is also required to organize at least 24 training programs which are expected to generate income or revenue of RM360,000 for the body concerned.

“My target is that eventually, MPI will be able to hold a weekly training program by making full use of the training infrastructure we provide.

“My desire is to make MPI a training provider comparable to the courses provided by the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM) in the field of journalism,” he said.

He said MPI is also open to cooperation with other parties who are interested in organizing training programs related to journalism, media, public relations and corporate communication.

source – BERNAMA

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