Koya students to embark on media training program

Published: November 27, 2023

Interviews were conducted last week to search for new members of a soon-to-be expanded media and communications team at Koya University. 

A new Reporter and Media Officer will join the university to promote news and events, while creatively engaging with new audiences. 

With Koya University playing a central role in the EPP project, these plans will ensure that news and updates will reach larger audiences in Kurdish, English and Arabic. 

A number of candidates were interviewed at the Koya University campus, as the panel commented on the amazing pool of talent to choose from.

Dr Sherko Kirmanj, who was the lead interviewer for the roles, said: “I was very impressed with the skills and creativity of our interviewees. 

“Not all of the candidates were strictly from a media background, so it’s all the more impressive when you consider the skills and training they have independently sought, sometimes in their own free time. 

Professor Kelsey Shanks, who also sat on the interview panel was thrilled with the quality of the applicants. The candidates were so good in fact, that the panel decided to invite all five interviewees to a media training scheme at Koya University. 

This move would ensure that all the candidates would receive valuable media training, which could improve their prospects for a future career in media or communications. 

Professor Shanks remarked: “Our media training will equip the candidates, some of whom are still studying, with skills and knowledge to creatively engage with audiences.”

The students will begin a training session in January with an experienced journalist from the UK.

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