May 28, 2024 12:56 am

Free courses for journalists: KNUTSFORD University College paves way for media to foster development

KNUTSFORD Univ. College campus at East Legon, Accra

KNUTSFORD University College has reiterated its commitment to continuously offer free courses for journalists to enhance their output.

Started about 8 years ago, the initiative has provided free tuition for an average 40 media practitioners annually.

The carefully selected courses are Leadership and Governance in Communication.

John Kwamena Essel, Founder and Pro Chancellor of the school, discloses to Ghanasonline.com in a One-on-One that the aim, among others is to fill the gaps between what journalists are thought and what happens, following continous development resulting from emerging issues.

John Kwamena Essel is Founder and Pro Chancellor of KNUTSFORD University College. 

He says the programme has been designed to help journos appreciate leadership and governance and how it affects everyone down the line from the work they do, “since they are part of our democratic system.

“You know that journalists inform and when they don’t get the right information to the people, it has some repercussions. It also aims to provide them with certain basic ethics and principles in their own profession [since not all of them have formal journalism background]”

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The peace of the country, according to Mr. Essel, is also paramount in the rationale for the programme. As a state which is now embracing democracy, it is imperative that its media are guided to season their utterances to contribute to the peace and stability of the country.

Peace and development he indicated, cannot be chalked without the fourth arm of government, considering how journalists have either destroyed or built nations with their words in certain jurisdictions.

“We all know how journalists drive the agenda of the country and when we started this seven-eight years ago, one of the aims was to consolidate the peace Ghana has made so far.”

The Pro Chancellor added that, Ghana is lagging behind in health and technological development and it is the media’s role to drum home those concerns to effect the needed change, rather than politicising all issues.

He advised other peace seeking organisations to make their campaign an all-time activity rather than waiting till election years.

“Before election comes we must see results so starting the campaign early takes away a lot of tension”, the reason KNUTSFORD’s contribution, is not limited to election years.

The project he noted, has been taken as part of their corporate social responsibilities which the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), under the leadership of Roland Affail Monney has been of much help.

To qualify to undertake the course, journalists are supposed to provide proof of identification and “possibly an introductory letter from your organisation and we do know that a lot of you are freelance journalists and since people know people, when we are able to attest that you’re a journalist, we will add you so far as you fall within the ceiling we require each year.”

He urged journalists to keep up with their good work since becoming the mouthpiece of the vulnerable is a difficult task.

Source: Ghanasonline.com

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