Modestus Fosu (Dr.)

Dr. Modestus Fosu

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Modestus Fosu is a Senior Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism and the Dean of the Faculty of Integrated Communication Sciences

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Media and Communication
  • M.Phil. English (Language Option)
  • Diploma in Social Media and Journalism
  • Diploma in Education 
  • B. A. (Hons) English
  • University of Leeds, UK.
  • MKFC Stockholm College, Helsinki (Distance E-Learning), Finland
  • University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
  • University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • Forum of African Media Educators (FAME)
  • Communicators Association of Ghana (CEAG)
  • Ghana Association of Writers (GAW)


Undergraduate Level Courses Taught:

    • Language and Study Skills
    • English Language Usage
    • Media and Governance
    • Speech Writing and Public Speaking

Masters Level Courses Taught:

    • Ethics and Communication
    • Advanced Public speaking and Presentation

Books (1) 

  • Fosu, M. (2012)Use of Ghanaian English in Kofi Awoonor’s This Earth my Brother … Lambert Academic Publishing 

Refereed Journal Articles (6) 

  • Yeboah, A., Fosu, M. and M. Tsegah, M. (2018). Linguistic complexity and second language advertising audiences: Is there a case for linguistic exclusion? Journal of Communication Enquiry. 42(1). 
  • Fosu, M., (2016). A Linguistic Description of the Language of Ghanaian Newspapers: Implications for the Readability, Comprehensibility and Information Function of the Ghanaian Press. Ghana Journal of Linguistics. 5(1):1-36.  
  • Fosu, M. and Akpojivi, U. (2015). Media convergence practices and production in Ghana and Nigeria: Implications for democracy and research in Africa. Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies. 4(2): 277-292. 
  • Fosu, M and Akpojivi, U. (2013) Convergence, Citizens Engagement and Democratic Sustainability in Emerging Democracies: The Case of Ghana and Nigeria. Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism, 3:140.  
  • Fosu, M. (2011). Situating language at the centre of journalism training: The case for broadening the spheres of English teaching and learning in journalism training institutions in Ghana. Global media journal, African Edition. 5(1). Stellenbosch University, S.A. 
  • Fosu, M. (2009). English in tertiary institutions and the issue of falling standards: Expectations, lessons, and challengesJournal of communications, media & society (JOCMAS). 1(1), Accra: Ghana Institute of Journalism. 

Book Chapters (4) 

  • Akpojivi, U., & Fosu, M. (2020). African language journalism in Ghana and the quest for quality and sustainable broadcast journalism. Salawu, A. (Ed). African Language Media: Development, Economics and Management, 204. 
  • Fosu, M., Quashigah, T. and Kuranchie, P. (2019), “Broaching Agenda for Climate Change in Africa: A Perspective on Media Engagement with Climatic Issues in Ghana“, Pinto, J., Gutsche, R. and Prado, P. (Ed.) Climate Change, Media & Culture: Critical Issues in Global Environmental Communication, Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 93-111. 
  • Akpojivi, U. and Fosu, M. (2015). Indigenous radio broadcasting in Ghana: retrospect and prospect. In Indigenous language media, language politics and democracy in Africa. Salawu, A. and Chibita, N. (Eds), London: Palgrave Macmillan.  
  • Akpojivi, U. and Fosu, M. (2014). Challenges and complexities of media regulations: A comparative study of media practices in emerging democracies. In Global media research from East to West. Kuyucu, M. (Ed). Athens Institute for Education and Research. 


  • Topic: The press and political participation: Newspapers and the politics of linguistic exclusion and inclusion in Ghana Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Leeds, available from:
  • Media/Communication theory
  • Media/Communication and democratic participation
  • Language and the news
  • Media/Journalism training and education
  • Public communication and ethics
  • Online news and language use, etc.
  • 1st Inter Regional English Language Teachers’ Association Conference: Connecting Teachers with New Methods and Techniques, Mount Meru University, Tanzania. 28 – 30 June, 2018

Paper Presented: Language Teaching and Learning in Communication and Media Training Institutions in Africa: Imperatives, Challenges and Prospects.

  • Conference on English and Communication: Exploring Communicative Competence for the Industry and Academy, Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya, 19 -20 May 2016

Paper Presented: Language use in the media: Negotiating communication competence in a digital era in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • African Studies Association, UK (ASAUK) Conference at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK from 9 -11 September 2014

Paper Presented: Newspaper Readability and Political Participation in an Emerging Democracy: The Issue of Linguistic Exclusion and Inclusion of the Ghanaian press

  • 11th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media, at the Athens Institute for Educational Research from 13-16 May 2013, Athens, Greece. Joint Paper with Akpojivi, U.

Paper Presented: Challenges and Complexities of Media Regulations: A Comparative Study of Media Practices in Emerging Democracies.  

  • Cadbury Conference at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham, UK from 17-18 May 2013

Paper Presented: The Press, Political Participation and Newspaper Readability: The Issue of Linguistic Exclusion and Inclusion in Ghana

  • World Journalism Educators Congress in Grahamstown, South Africa from 4th to 7th July 2010.

Paper Presented: Situating Language at the Centre of Journalism Training: The Case for Broadening the Spheres of English Teaching and Learning in Journalism Training Institutions in Ghana.

  • African Journalism Educators Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7th to 11th October 2009.

Paper Presented: Towards a policy of journalistic writing in Africa

  • Acting Rector of the Institute – February 2018 to July, 2018
  • Acting Deputy Rector – August 2018
  • Head of Department, Languages – 2017 to 2018
  • Head of Department, Communication – 2016 to 2017
  • Workshops and Conferences Coordinator, Ghana Institute of Journalism, 2009-2010. Duties included to see to the arrangement and management of all the workshops and conferences of the Institute. I effectively organized, ran and reported a number of workshops before leaving the position.
  • A member of the Academic Board, GIJ, Accra since 2015
  • Editor, Journal of Communication, Media and Society (JOCMAS), GIJ
  • Membership of many Committees of the GIJ Council and Academic Board