Anadolu Agency's (AA) News Academy, which opened its doors on February 6, 2012 as part of AA's Centennial Vision, on Thursday held a ceremony for its second term graduates.
Students who began AA News Academy's diplomacy and finance correspondents' training programs on January 2, 2013 and completed the programs successfully received their certificates in a ceremony held at the AA headquarters in Ankara.
Participants in the diplomacy and finance correspondents' certificate programs received a training for a total of 428 hours.
In the first month of training, students under the two programs received basic education on "Agency News making". In the second month, they received specific training under their program. Training was provided to the students by experts in diplomacy and finance.
In the third month, the participants received on the job training for a total of 128 hours.
AA would reach aim of becoming one of first leading five agencies
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, AA's Board Chairman and Director General Kemal Ozturk said that the progress at the agency is exciting and added "I am enjoying the progress in the agency as the first person. That's why, I would like you to know that we shared the same feelings. As we chose the students for our academy we knew that they will be the next generation of directors after one decade."
Ozturk pointed out that some people were not convinced, and that the new team at AA would reach the aim of becoming one of the first leading five agencies in the world.
Ozturk said, "The team you see here right now believed in that dream. In this team we have engineers, journalists, photojournalists, cameramen and drivers. And we all believe in that dream."
Ozturk underlined the leader role of the agency and gave an example with AA's Bosnian service, which was the first agency that broadcast in Bosnian in the region.
Later on Chinese and German agencies began broadcasting in Bosnian, Ozturk also said.