As part of efforts to drastically reduce irresponsible journalism in the media landscape, the Federation of Environmental Journalist (FED) of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) on March 5, organised an educational seminar geared towards mentoring student journalists into becoming future responsible journalists.
Speaking at the occasion, 2014 Ghana Journalist of the Year, Mabel Bannaseh, admonished students to always stand by the truth if they finally join the field as journalists and Public Relations practitioners. She said Journalists who must distinguish themselves have to shy away from waiting to be assigned for news stories. This she explained limits one’s ability to report on a number of pertinent issues affecting the world. “You must have your own initiative, you must not sit down for someone to tell you what to do, you must not sit down for your boss to say go out for an assignment” she added.
Manasseh Azure Awuni, a senior broadcast journalist at Joy FM also seized the opportunity to throw light on the need for journalists to remain confident and not cowards. He was convinced that if Ghana must receive a major facelift, journalists must hold both state and private institution accountable. Commenting on the issue of bribery on the part of journalist, he noted that it reduces one’s image and renders you toothless. He was optimistic that this country can work again if the dedicated youth of this country actively participate in constructively criticising the actions and inactions of authorities.
Motivational Speaker and an alumnus, Emmanuel Asieme Ayine did not only inspire students but gave them reasons to believe in their abilities. As a young journalist, he consistently hammered on the need to build their networking capacity. He stated that “if you fail to build the needed network today, you will apply in the near future to speak with your close friends”.
Immediate Past SRC President, Noel Nutsugah also shared his humble beginnings as a student who came from a deprived community to pursue his dream of becoming an asset that the world would value. Today he is a recipient of four international scholarships after graduating with a First Class Honors. He encouraged students to build a reputable image on campus that would nurture them for the job market insisting on decent dressing.
Chairperson for the event and lecturer, Rodaline Amartey expressed her sincere gratitude to the organisers of the event saying, it is necessary programs of such nature is constantly organised in order to help instil high level of discipline, commitment and awareness of what the profession requires of them. She also acknowledged the efforts and achievements of the speakers and encouraged participants to network with so that they can get the opportunity to learn more from them.