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Over 170 journalists will receive specialised training on covering the 2015 general election.

The training coordinated by the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) will be held in seven zones beginning from July 27 to 31, 2015.

Each zone will have 25 participants. The zones are as follows- Coast zone comprises   Dar es Salaam, Mtwara and Lindi region with Dar es Salaam as the zonal centre.

Others zones are Zanzibar which will attract journalists from Pemba and Unguja and Zanzibar will be the zonal centre.

Mwanza will be the zonal centre for Lake zone which comprises Mwanza, Mara, Geita, Simiyu and Kagera regions.

The centre for Southern Highlands Zone will be Mbeya includes Mbeya, Njombe, Rukwa and Ruvuma regions whereas the Eastern zone with its centre in Mororgoro   includes Morogoro, Iringa, Coast and Dodoma regions.

Shinyanga will be the centre for Central zone and journalists for the training will be drawn from Shinyanga, Tabora, Singida, Katavi and Kigoma regions and the centre for the North zone which includes Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Manyara and Tanga regions is Moshi.

The training of journalists has been preceded by a three- day training of trainers which began on July 14 to 16 in Dar es Salaam.

Fifteen senior and experienced journalists, editors and mentors are trained as trainers.

The main objective of the training for journalists to equip them with requisite skills to effectively report the election and improve the quality of reporting.

Apart from imparting knowledge on ethics, the trainers will also raise the awareness of the journalists on their safety in covering the elections.

A senior official of the MCT, said of the training that “people should not go out blindly, they should know everything” related to election coverage.

The training is also expected to raise the capacity of journalists not only in covering this year’s elections but future elections as well and the referendum on the new constitution.

Training on elections were also conducted in 2005 and 2010. The training manual prepared by MCT for the previous elections was reviewed and enriched with requisite and relevant inputs by professional peers.

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