Visiting U.S. Journalist Helps Build Capacity of Lesotho Media

Underscoring the U.S. government’s commitment to press freedom and its vital role in a democracy, the U.S. Embassy has partnered with the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Lesotho to bring award-winning U.S. journalist Lucinda Fleeson to Lesotho for a week of trainings, lectures, and discussions with Basotho media practitioners.

U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington and Minister of Communications, Science, and Technology Khotso Letsatsi opened the week-long workshop on investigative journalism and professionalization of the media. The 30 Basotho participants are journalists who represent a broad spectrum of newspapers, radio, and TV. The workshop will run from November 2-6 at the Kick4Life Conference Center. As a result of the training, the participants will become familiar with methods and models for investigative reporting while working to improve their standards for collecting, reporting, editing, and disseminating objective and balanced information.

During her week in Lesotho, Fleeson will also meet with media editors and news directors as well as speak to journalism and mass communications students from the Institute of Extra Mural Studies or the National University of Lesotho (IEMS) and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. Additionally, she will lead a discussion on the issue of media professionalization with members of MISA Lesotho.

Ambassador Harrington said, Journalists have a fundamental obligation to get the story right and to hold themselves to the highest professional standards.” The U.S. Embassy is committed to initiatives that build media capacity in Lesotho and this workshop is the latest example of our longstanding engagement with and support of Lesotho media.

U.S. journalist Lucinda Fleeson, has extensive international training experience in investigative reporting, narrative storytelling, and reporting on social issues. She has written about a wide range of subjects, from police corruption to art museums, from the science of extinction to the murder of reporters in Sri Lanka. As a trainer, she has led workshops around the world and her manual for investigative reporting has been translated into 18 languages and circulated to more than 20,000 journalists. Before becoming a trainer, she was a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer for 15 years where she wrote more than 850 articles.