Plenty of biz opportunities in media

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI youth can generate plenty of business opportunities by leveraging the potential of the media industry, said the organiser of the media advocacy workshop yesterday.

“Media is a vast field, and is not limited to entertainment, which can offer jobs related to journalism, administration, editing, writing, management,” said Firdaus Ismail, the project manager for the ‘Young Media Advocates’ workshop held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Twenty students participated in the four-day workshop, which focused on training youth in the effective use of media to promote specific causes or public campaigns. Firdaus said he created the programme to teach young people how to inspire and influence others through various forms of media. “The objective of this workshop was to understand the role of mass media in developing countries… It can be a powerful tool in the field of education, dissemination of knowledge and other information.”

He added that a number of the workshop participants are actively engaged with NGOs on a range of social and environmental issues that they hope to promote through different media platforms. Over the four days, a number of speakers facilitated sessions at the workshop,including local journalists and social media personalities, as well as representatives from the national communications regulator, Authority for Info-communication Technology Industry (AITI). Chief Executive of the AITI Pg Hj Mohd Zain Pg Hj Abdul Razak, who officiated the closing of the workshop, commended the students for their initiative, saying he hoped it would help facilitate more civic leadership.

The workshop is a collaboration between the Young Project Managers (YouPM) alumni, the Brunei-US Association, UBD’s Office of Alumni Relations and Advancement (OARA), and is supported by the US Embassy.

The Brunei Times