The minister of information stated that providing journalists with the knowledge and expertise necessary to ensure accuracy in reporting financial concerns is crucial.
On Thursday, October 10, 2022, in Accra, he made the announcement while delivering remarks at the graduation ceremony for 88 journalists from the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) Financial Journalism Training program.
“As I have already stated, collaborations are necessary for effect in the media and journalistic frontier. In order to teach more economic and financial journalists, partnerships like the one between Bloomberg, Strathmore Business School, the University of Ghana Business School, and the Ghana Institute of Journalism are appreciated and welcomed.
“This kind of journalism training is crucial to ensuring that the media and journalism fulfill their genuine function for our democracy. which is to provide equal access to the public sphere for all stakeholders to engage in debate that supports our highest ideals, goals, and a thought-led good society,” he said.
He said that the government has launched a number of capacity-building initiatives to help journalists adapt to the demands of their line of work. The Media Capacity Enhancement Program (MCEP), which was launched in January of this year, is one such program, according to him.
So far, the program has trained the first cohort of 60 journalists in ethical journalism and related modules with a further 190 set to also be introduced in the coming months. He censured the graduates to as much as possible apply the knowledge acquired from the training program in their line of duty and eschew false narratives and the publication of uninformed opinions instead of facts.
The event was attended by Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister for Education, Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori, Provost of the College of Humanities at the University of Ghana, Prof. Justice Bawole, Dean of the University of Ghana Business School, Prof. George Njenga, and Bloomberg representatives.
Mr. Fordjour emphasized the significance of journalists in advancing accountability, transparency, and good governance. According to him, journalists have developed into a crucial part of our political system over time, thus it is up to the graduates to put what they have learned in the training program into practice.
Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo is convinced that the training program would significantly contribute to the ongoing development of the Ghanaian media and assist in addressing the capacity issues facing the nation’s journalists.