Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, the Chairman of the Working Committee on Media Capacity Enhancement Programme and Rector of Ghana Institute of Journalism, has launched the programme at a news conference in Accra, on Sunday 21st November, 2021.
More than 900 media practitioners are expected to receive training under the Media Capacity Enhancement Programme to equip them with skills and knowledge for professional and career advancement.
The programme intends to also address ethical gaps in media content to ensure qualitative journalism for socio-economic development and to consolidate Ghana’s democracy.
Media practitioners who will benefit from the training include; reporters, radio commentators, producers, social media executives, programme directors, technicians, media analysts and media owners.
A total of 60 participants nationwide will take part in the first training workshop from Monday, December 6th to Friday 9th, 2021 in Kumasi.
The programme is being funded by the Government through the Ministry of Information.
Launching the programme Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo said the programme would help create awareness among media practitioners to hold duty bearers accountable, improve socio-economic development and consolidate the country’s democracy.
Upon consultation with industry players, Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo said, a curriculum had been developed to train the beneficiaries.
Some of the topics selected to be taught at the workshop include media as a tool for socio-economic development and nation-building, investigative journalism and journalism mission, journalism, media personnel and the law, as well as digital media and online journalism and impact journalism
Some partner organisations that were present at the launch and gave solidarity messages include; the Ghana Journalists Association, Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana, and Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association.