Like most other places, radio is the popular medium for news and information in Liberia. even with the advent of new media such as Facebook (popular in Liberia), many people here listen to radio to get information about government activities, community development, share their views about issues, etc. Compared to print (newspaper) journalism and television (fewer viewers by comparison) journalism, sitting behind a microphone in a radio studio gives one greater reach and respect. In other words, for many aspiring to be journalism, celebrity status can be easily gotten when on is a radio journalist compared to print and television.
This may explain why each semester more students enroll into our journalism program compared to the print path. To meet the expectations of these aspiring journalists and achieve our mission to produce highly trained professional journalists ready to meet the emerging challenges facing the field, we are on the constant lookout to find ways to make improvements to, and strengthen the academic activities of the department .
The radio station, established in 2007, that supported this effort was destroyed in 2015 by fire that resulted from a faulty air conditioner. Efforts to rebuild the station began almost immediately, albeit, slowly due to lack of funding. This posed tremendous challenges for faculty and students. For faculty, this meant receiving and assigning grades based solely on evaluations from supervisors at stations where students interned, a process that constantly proved untrustworthy. For students themselves, the lack of an own radio station meant less exposure and training to complement the conceptual knowledge acquired from the classroom. External stations often do not grant students full access to their broadcast facility, hence, most students on internship would report sitting at those stations for hours doing very little or nothing at all.
The reopening of Lux FM will undoubtedly enhance teaching and learning by letting our students engage in sufficient practical out-of-class activities to give them enough exposure and experience needed to acquire digital and technical skills such as digital voice editing, program production, news packaging, in-studio interview, writing news stories for actual airing under deadline pressure, etc. These activities, which are integrated into the curriculum and courses and come in the form of seminar or lab activities, will begin at Junior levels to ensure that students are adequately prepared before graduating.
Mass Comm Chairman, Euriahs Togar, extolled the President of the University of Liberia, Dr. Julius S. Nelson, Jr, for giving priority to the rebuilding of the station amidst scarce resources.