By T. Saye Goinleh
The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has urged media practitioners in the country to make full use of its resource center at her headquarters without any cost been attached because the center was setup of them to enhance their works while practicing the profession.
James Davids, director of the center said the facility is fully functional and should be used by all journalists to do research on subjects pertaining to other media related works. He said it was necessary for him to make the call because some media practitioners are not taking advantage of the resource facility to do their works despite it be free for them.
He told reporters in an interview recently at the PUL Headquarters that the usage of the center was necessary because not all media practitioners are attached, but those who are freelance journalists can use the facility to send reports or stories to various media outlets, be it electronic or print.
According to Davids, the center was renovated in 2015 with the help of Internews-Liberia, a media development partner in the country that provided nine pieces of computers to setup up the system. He said this followed the center dormancy for some times since its establishment years back intended for journalists, researcher and others to use.
“We are grateful to one of partners, Inter-News for their continuous support to PUL. We wish encourage all media practitioners or journalists to take advantage of the Center to make their work much easier,” Davids noted.
David also narrated that PUL have realized that besides some media having individual institution offices outside Monrovia, they are faced with some logistical problems, noting the resource center is there to help those reporters do their works without cost and forward same back home.
PUL is a professional journalistic body established in 1964 prompted by the arrest and detention of the late Stanton Peabody for describing Liberian government officials at the time ‘radicals’. It membership is countrywide with several auxiliaries including the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL), the Reporters Association (RA), Female Journalists Association of Liberia (FeJAL) and the Legislative Press Pool (LEGISPOOL), among others who are all part.