May 2, 2010

Kuala Lumpur: 1st Citizen Journalist Conference 2010 a success

The inaugural Citizen Journalist Conference 2010, timed in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day on May 3, is the largest gathering of citizen journalists from all across Malaysia.

The two-day conference from May 1 - 2 at The Annexe Central Market in Kuala Lumpur brought more than 100 citizen journalists to learn more about journalism and reporting.

As part of the conference, various workshops were held to train these citizen journalists (or CJ) to report responsibly, ethically and professionally for the betterment of the community.

The workshops were divided into three groups; Freshies (those undergoing citizen journalism for the first time); Basic CJ training and Advance CJ training.

On the first day of conference, guest-of-honour Subang Jaya state assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh officially launched the news portal Komunitikini initiated by Malaysiakini.

The new community portal focuses on local community issues whilst Malaysiakini offers alternative news and views on national issue.

Currently there are over 180 citizen journalists (CJ) who had undergone training by Malaysiakini since the launch of citizen journalism in Malaysia about two years ago. During the period until now, they had produced over 800 videos that had hit 5.7 million views. A great achievement by any standard.

View the citizen journalists' videos at

For those interested to join the training to become citizen journalist, click here.

(From left) Marianne Kameron, editing instructor and video journalist Indrani Kopal and Sherril Netto.

Malaysiakini co-founder and chief executive officer Premesh Chandran (in red t-shirt) at the launch of the inaugural Citizen Journalist Conference 2010 at Central Market Annexe in Kuala Lumpur.

The red banner welcoming participants.

CJ Vijay Kumar.

CJs Joash Wee (left) and Afifa Johari.

CJs Dominic See (left) and Afifa Johari.

A journalism workshop session in progress.

The workshops were conducted in a professional and interactive manner with participants exchanging constructive ideas on citizen journalism.

Malaysiakini video producer Maran Perianen addressing the participants at the workshop.

Krishnamoorthy Muthaly, former chief reporter of The Star, presented a talk entitled "Basic Citizen Journalism".

University of Nottingham Malaysia campus associate professor Zahrom Nain presented a talk on "Journalism and News Reporting". x

Al Jazeera English lead news presenter at the Kuala Lumpur broadcast centre Veronica Pedrosa presented a talk on Broadcast Reporting. She made it clear to the participants that she was here in her own personal capacity at the invitation of Malaysiakini.

Veronica Pedrosa is a veteran of 20 years' international news experience.

Participants enthusiastically pose for photos with Veronica Pedrosa.

Participants helping themselves to a sumptuous spread of local delicacies at the buffet dinner.

After the dinner, two Penans CJs Mariam Kek Mewa (left) and Gayut Lim (centre) from the rainforests of the interior of Sarawak present their experiences in their environments on video.

Opening speech by Malaysiakini executive producer Shufiyan Shukur.

Speech by Malaysiakini co-founder and chief editor Steven Gan.

Speech by Subang Jaya state assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh.

Speech by Malaysiakini co-founder and chief executive officer Premesh Chandran. x

(From left) Steven Gan, Hannah Yeoh and Premesh Chandran officially launch Komunitikini which is a new web initiative by Malaysiakini focussing on community news.

Komunitikini team: (From left) Journalist Leven Woon Zheng Yang, editor Erna Mahyuni and journalist (Bahasa Malaysia news section) Fadzly Esa.

(From left) iSoft Health Systems commercial director Jeffrey Khoo, Subang Jaya state assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh, Bukit Gasing state assemblyman Edward Lee and Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ) councillor Rajiv A/L Rishyakaran.

The Best Video Award goes to CJ Tan Kai Swee.

Malaysiakini co-founder and chief executive officer Premesh Chandran (left) presents Best CJ Award to CJ Dave Jean Kameron.

Malaysiakini executive producer Shufiyan Shukur presents certificates to all the participants who had completed the Basic Course on Citizen Journalism.

CJ Vinod Naidu received his certificate from Malaysiakini executive producer Shufiyan Shukur.

Malaysiakini executive producer Shufiyan Shukur presents certificate to her daughter CJ Sharyn Shufiyan.

CJ Jennifer Cheong receives her certificate.

CJ Lina Soo receives her certificate.

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