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Dr. Appiah-Adjei Urges Academia and Industry to Collaborate in Training Journalists

The Head of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies (DJMS), School of Communication and Media Studies (SCMS), University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Dr. Gifty Ap­piah-Adjei, has called for greater collaboration between academia and industry in the area of train­ing journalist.

She said the disconnect that existed between training and practice made it imperative for such collaboration, stressing that “It is important to underscore the critical role of professionalism in journalism practice in the country.”

Dr. Appiah-Adjei made the call at a seminar, organised by the DJMS, SCMS, UEW as part of this year’s celebration of the Com­munication Students Association (COMSA) week, at Winneba.

Mr. David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Central Regional Chairman of the GJA (left), presenting copies of the GJA Constitution to Dr. Gifty Appiah-Adjei

It was on the theme: “Profes­sionalism in journalism – The role of the Ghana Journalists Association.”

The occasion was also used to launch the UEW Students Chapter of the GJA as well as the inauguration of a new executive body.

The President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Albert Kwabena Dwumfour, affirmed the commitment of the association to promoting professionalism among practicing and trainee journalists.

“And as we make such effort, we also encourage our members to live above reproach and always maintain high professional standards,” he stated.

Albert Kwabena Dwumfour, President of GJA

Mr. Dwumfour indicated that journalism thrived on credibility, and called journalists and media practitioners to uphold the ethics of their profession.

He said the association would strive to empower its members to be independent, free and bold to serve the interest of citizens at all times.

“It will also encourage profes­sionalism at all times and push for zero tolerance for misinfor­mation, fake news, misrepresen­tations, exaggerations, and stories that promote prejudices, miscon­ceptions, hatred, violent conflicts and defamation,” Mr. Dwumfour said.

He said that the GJA and Wisconsin International Univer­sity College, Ghana, were on the verge of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to initiate a scholarship scheme for members of the association.

The GJA President, Mr. Dwumfour said had reached a similar agreement with KNUTSFORD Univer­sity College in Accra to offer scholarships to GJA members to undertake a three-month certif­icate programme in media and communication studies at the institution.

Additionally, he stated the GJA was engaging UniMAC-GIJ regarding the provision of professional training programmes for members, adding that all these interventions were designed to promote professionalism in the media.

A section of JMS students at the North Campus Mini-Conference Room during the seminar

Mr. Dwumfour appealed to the management of UEW to collaborate with the GJA to fashion out similar support towards professional development for members of the association.

He indicated that the GJA Campus Chapter was designed to mobilise journalism and communication students in tertiary institutions and inculcate in them the virtues aspired by the GJA.

Mr. Dwumfour commended the Department of Journalism and Media for working tirelessly towards the establishment of the UEW student chapter of the GJA.



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