The PUL Awards: Why Not Empower SWAL?

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The Press Union of Liberia last Friday awarded several journalists and institutions for their remarkable and courageous performances as news gatherers in their various assignments last year.

Interestingly one of the areas was sports reporting which encompasses those in the print and the electronic media.

Located at its Clay Street’s office is the Sports Writers Association of Liberia. This body is an auxiliary of the Press Union of Liberia. Its members are also registered members of the PUL.

At its recent elections at the YMCA building in Monrovia, among other things, PUL President Kamara A. Kamara told the members about the important role that SWAL ‘plays’ in PUL.

Kamara’s statement has come to haunt me since his infant administration did not involve the SWAL in the selection of its deserving member who supposedly made exceptional contribution to sports in the previous year.

I am not sure, as it is often said jokingly; PUL President Kamara’s recent statement at the SWAL installation was a statement someone would make at a liquor table, to impress the ladies who are present.

How does an organization become an important part of another when the other is ignored in an important selection process that should benefit at least one of them? What about the Reporters Association?

The Secretary General of PUL, Kaihene Sengbe told SWAL members during our recent elections that he began his career as a sports reporter. Except maybe I was not paying attention to him, I want to know how in the world he would become part of a decision that overlooked a field that served as the foundation for his success as a journalist.

It is of interest that while those who were honored deserve my commendation, goes against the practice of honor. How do you select yourself to receive an honor? Are your works not enough evidence that you deserve it?

Someone told me the other day that what is not done properly is not done at all. It is too early for the good old Kamara and his new group of leaders to behave as if someone was telling them what to do.

I am also aware of the Reporters Association also an auxiliary of the PUL was sadly ignored in the selection of deserving reporters for recognition the PUL.

In all due respect, the idea that the honorees selected themselves in the first place was a bad practice that must be discouraged. We live in a society in which degree holders are not able to justify how they got their degrees.

Rightly, a committee must be set up, with responsible members, along with media managers outside the PUL to manage such a sensitive issue. Also needed is a set of criteria that must serve as a guide. Why the above suggestion was not envisioned by the PUL is difficult to comprehend.

Personally, I am satisfied that someone down the road the other day, offered me a bag of cold water, for reading my sports article that torched his heart. At least I did not have to nominate myself.

 

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