Media trainers have been urged to equip themselves with digital skills in an effort to move with global trends for the beneficiation of the journalism field.

In an effort to promote free, independent and pluralistic media development, journalism lecturers from different institutions were trained on capacitating journalism educators to respond to new challenges for online journalism.

Speaking at the conference, Secretary General of Zimbabwe Commission for UNESCO Magret Chirapa said online journalism is very important to the current changing technological trends where the world is witnessing a paradigm shift from analogue to digital.

“It is very important to students to have knowledge about online journalism whilst they are still at colleges to avoid challenges before they enter the media industry,” said Chirapa.

Principal of Harare Polytechnic Tafadzwa Mudondo said the purpose of the workshop is to equip students with skills that will ensure they survive in modern newsrooms by having multi skills.

UNESCO facilitator Ezekiel Dhlamimi added that online journalism should be strengthened in institutions since it is the future of the journalism industry.

“We are talking about journalism that will take advantage of multimedia,” he said.

Online journalism is a remarkable development that acts as a conduit opportunity on the need for content generation to various media platforms.