The Directorate of Research, Innovation and Development (DRID) at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) on, Friday March 19, 2021 held a virtual research seminar for faculty members as part of measures to improve research and publication in the institute.

The Seminar, the 3rd in a series of Writing Workshops dubbed “Writing Scholarly Articles Series” is part of efforts by GIJ to reposition its faculty members to take up more roles in academic research as well as improve the skills of students to produce better thesis at the end of their course.

Lecturers from various departments as well as students from the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SoGSR) participated in the seminar.

A Senior lecturer at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Dr Gilbert Tietaah took the over 50 participants through the rudiments of writing Literature Reviews in academic research. He said a Literature Review serves as the connecting tissue between what is known and what is yet to be discovered. He noted that in an age where there is information overload on every topic, it is important to filter literature in a way that relates only the most important and relatable literature to a research topic.

Dr Tietaah said a good Literature Review should not only be a collection of scholarly works of different writers on a subject matter but must critique, compare and contrast the views of these scholars in a manner that reveals the researcher’s views on the topic.

Deputy Rector of the Institute, Professor Eric Opoku Mensah, who also participated in the seminar expressed gratitude to Dr Tiertah on behalf of the institute. He also noted that the seminar will greatly contribute to the knowledge and skills of faculty members in the area of academic research and will encourage a vibrant research culture in the institute.

Dr Tietaah is a well-published communications expert with over 2 decades of experience in the area of social communication, media and political communication.