Government to sponsor training of 250 journalists annually

The programme is expected to provide continuous in-service training for media personnel drawn from across the country

At least 250 selected journalists are set to benefit from a Media Capacity Enhancement Programme (MCEP) annually paid for by the Ministry of Information.

The programme is expected to provide continuous in-service training for media personnel drawn from across the country in order to improve their skills for the industry.

“The role of the ministry is simply to provide bursaries to participants from the media landscape who will benefit from this capacity enhancement programme annually. Under the programme, a skills gap analysis has been conducted by a working committee of experts and a curriculum based on gaps has been developed. The independent committee has also selected a faculty comprising academics and senior media practitioners from across the country, to administer the programme,” Fatimatu Abubakar, Deputy Minister of Information said.

She said the programme is in line with one of the key strategic objectives of the ministry which is to assist in the development of the information sector for which reason a successful implementation of the programme is expected to transform Ghana’s media landscape.

Present at the launch were the rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Prof Kwamena-Kwansa Aidoo, chairman of the National Media Commission, Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh and the president of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Roland Affail Monney as well as members from media umbrella bodies such as the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) and the Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG).

On his part, Prof Aidoo, who is also the chairman of the committee tasked to provide support for the full implementation of the programme was excited about the rolling out of the programme. He said the programme will help equip journalists in the country with the right skill set to be able to go about their jobs.

Monney also indicated that the programme could not come at a better time than this. He encouraged journalists to take advantage of it and gain the requisite skills in journalism and media practice.

The MCEP will provide continuous on the job training at regular intervals for media practitioners to improve their skills, support training targeted at content creation for media practitioners, provide a regular platform to support media-introspection on subject related to media management, corporate governance, and media business models and encourage ethical journalism.

Journalists interested in the program will have to apply online and be selected by the working commitee comprising representatives of partner organisations.

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