Print, television, radio, and online journalists participated in a three-day Digital Multimedia Workshop in July organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in collaboration with the Guyana Press Association (GPA) and the support of the Ministry of Public Health.
The workshop was the first of its kind for journalists in Guyana. It brought together almost 50 media professionals from different regions working in addition to students from the University of Guyana's Centre for Communications Studies and representatives of the Public Relations departments of some Government Ministries.
The workshop was designed as an introduction to multimedia storytelling and using digital media tools such as data visualization to enhance stories. Participants learned about techniques for writing for online audiences, photojournalism and using digital tools for photo and video editing, data visualization and multimedia storytelling, and ethical issues relating to online reporting and photo journalism.
Sessions were led by Lily Ciric Hoffmann, a multimedia lecturer at the University of Maryland; Ary Rogerio Silva, multimedia and special events advisor at PAHO/WHO in Washington, D.C.; and David Spitz, photographer and videographer at PAHO/WHO in Washington, D.C.
The purpose of the workshop was to improve online media coverage of health issues in Guyana and work on continuing a mutually beneficial relationship between the press and PAHO/WHO and the Ministry of Public Health.