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Some selected Journalists in the Greater Accra Region have been schooled on the concepts of fact-checking, social media and storytelling.
It was motivated by the fact that many a time, journalists in their quest to break the news do not take the pain to verify for facts in their stories, thereby contributing to a lot of substandard news items in the system in the name of Breaking News.
Rushing out low belt articles only ends up denting your reputation because every story a Journalist puts out there, determines what manner of Journalist he or she is.
What professional journalism entails is all about knowing your facts through a lot of sacrifices.
A good Journalist cannot sit at one place to write a catchy story unless he or she does a lot of leg work, telephone calls, talk to people, go to places and many others.
Journalists must at all times go the extra mile to verify their information over and over again to ensure that, they have the right information in order to get accurate news out there for the public.
The Managing Editor of Ghana Business News, and the Executive Director of NewsBridge Africa, Emmanuel K. Dogbevi, made the aforementioned assertions at a two-day media training for 20 selected Journalists in Accra, dubbed, “Getting the facts right in the era of social media”. It was organised by NewsBridge Africa and Ghana Business News with sponsorship from the Australian Aid.
The two-day training programme took place at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in Accra from Thursday, July 12 to Friday July 13, 2018.
Dogbevi, was very optimistic the training would make a great impact on the participants, the impact, he said would be manifested in their fields of work as they leave. He said “We are looking forward for possible means to extend the training to other journalists across the country”.
According to him, NewsBridge Africa was established in 2014 to promote ethical, responsible, balanced and meaningful journalism that serves the greater public interest through internships, mentoring and continuous training of journalists through workshops and publications.
The organization seeks to build the capacity of early to mid career journalists to do investigative, economic, business, and political reporting in a manner that meets the requirements of professional journalism.
It aims among others to promote high standards in investigations and reporting, in-depth writing, ethical and change-making journalism to influence public opinion.
The Deputy Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Glen Askew, said, their main objective for sponsoring the training is to contribute to the development of Ghana.
He noted that journalists are the fourth arm of government, thus they are very important in terms of democracy. They are the ones that hold public officials to account, for that matter trainings of this nature is apt to equip journalists so that they can hold public officials to proper account.
He also attributed it to one of Ghana’s astute investigative Journalists, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ way of carrying out his fearless investigative Journalism.
The Australian Aid Program is the Australian Government’s development policy, to promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability and performance framework, Making Performance Count: enhancing the accountability and effectiveness of Australian aid to outline key aspects of our aid program.
By: Sammy Adjei || ghananewsonline.com.gh