JOURNALISM is the oxygen of democracy, says an American journalist Linda Roth.
In an interview on the sidelines of a three-day news management training workshop held at Kaazmein Lodge for selected Southern Province journalists, Roth, who was Wolf Blitzer’s producer at CNN, said she become a journalist because of her desire to tell the truth.
“Journalism is the oxygen of democracy, that is what we call it and that is what journalists believe. Good journalism makes a better society, good journalism makes a better informed citizenry and this can benefit everyone all over the world,” Roth said.
She encouraged journalists to be strong and persevere to do a good job.
Roth, who is also the vice-president of the external relations at the Wilson Centre, an institution for in-depth research and dialogue to inform actionable ideas on global issues, appealed to women to consider taking up journalism career.
“I think it is difficult to be a journalist anywhere in the world today, but we need to rededicate ourselves to do a better job…journalism has no gender, women are an equal front in journalism,” she said.
Roth said she decided to be a journalist not because of money.
“I decided to become a journalist because of my passion for information, passion of telling the truth and informing citizens to make the right decisions,” she said.
The journalism training organised by the US Embassy’s Public Affairs section attracted scribes Justine Akakulubelwa (ZNBC), Brenda Mufarari (Sky-FM), Dorothy Ngambi, Chipo Nachibatu (Namianga Radio), Lazarous Syakambole
(Voice of Kalomo), Michael Himusa (Radio Musi-0a-Tunya), Tracy Banda (Freelance), Kelvin Mudenda (Times of Zambia), Chali Mulenga (Daily Mail), Abigail Ngandwe (Power FM) and Tryford Bukowa (Byta FM).