A two-Day Media Training Workshop has been organized for a group of twenty selected journalists and media practitioners drawn from the electronic, print and online media in Ghana.
The training programme, organized under the auspices of News Bridge Africa with support from the Australian High Commission through the Australian Aid, was under the theme: Getting the facts right in the era of social media with the hashtag #JournalismIsFacts.
One of Ghana’s most seasoned journalists with over 28 years’ experience in active journalism practice, Mr. Emmanuel Dogbevi, was the lead facilitator at the training programme which focused on the importance of verifying facts at all times as professional journalists.
Mr. Dogbevi is currently the Executive Director of News Bridge Africa and the Managing Editor of the online news portal, GhanaBusinessNews.com. He has trained over 200 people in journalism and communication skills in and outside the country over the years.
NewsBridge Africa is a non-profit organization established in 2014 to engage in media advocacy, training and mentoring of journalists. It is also engaged in media research and publications.
The Journalist cum Writer; Communications Expert; Media Consultant and Trainer, has a Master of Science in Journalism from the Columbia University and a BA Hons in Sociology from the University of Ghana. He is the First Ghanaian and 7th journalist from Africa to be awarded a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School.
Emmanuel Dogbevi shared with the participants, some deep truths about the journalism profession while he encouraged them to continue to seek more knowledge, always looking out for training opportunities that would sharpen their skills and increase their capacity in order to distinguish themselves in their chosen field.
The Two-Day training programme which was held in Accra, at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, from the 12th to the 13th of July 2018 also emphasized the need for the effective deployment of social media by journalists to enhance the dissemination of their work.
The Australian Deputy High Commissioner in Ghana, Glen Askew, in a short address during the training programme, underscored the important role journalists play in informing the community about what is happening around them.
He was therefore concerned about the erosion of public confidence in the consumption of proper journalistic work due to the negative effect of the emergence of fake news, which is undermining the importance of journalism around the world.
Mr. Askew stated that, “the importance of journalism to the sustenance of democracy could not be overemphasized since it is the only institution that could hold authority to account for its stewardship to the people. That is why we have an interest in helping to develop the skills of journalists who are the fourth estate of the realm.”
He urged the beneficiaries of the training programme to borrow a leaf out the books of Ghana’s ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and be fearless in their reportage to uncover rot and corruption at all levels of societal life.
At the end of the Two-Day Training programme, the participants expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to be engaged in such trainings that refreshes their minds and also impacts a wealth of knowledge that seeks to enhance their journalistic skills.
They called on the Australian High Commission and other organizations to support the activities of News Bridge Africa to further expand the programme to build the capacity of journalists in the country.
Source: Clement Akoloh/afriwakeradio.com