United Press for Development Network (UPDN) has commended the efforts of the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, and the government for rolling out a nationwide media training for 250 journalists, christened Media Capacity Enhancement Programme.
According to UPDN, the long-overdue skill capacity training is in the right direction.
In a press release issued yesterday, the Network congratulated the independent working group and stakeholders that formulated and designed the skill gap analysis of practicing journalists, the framework of the curriculum of the programme, the effort at mobilizing human resources, among others, on a successful implementation of the programme.
“We congratulate the National Media Commission (NMC), Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG), Institute of Public Relations (IPR-Ghana), Communication Educators Association of Ghana and Civil Society Group in Media,” part of the statement read.
“We believe this programme will refurbish Ghanaian media excellence and strengthen press freedom for national cohesion. Constant training and capacity building of the media landscape to play an effective role in governance is very paramount in our development as a country,” the statement added.
It noted that equipping oneself with fresh knowledge and ideas in this rapidly changing and dynamic system will equip practicing journalists with the necessary tools to deliver on their watchdog obligation.
“For us, this is a refreshing beginning of a new paradigm where media houses set aside competition to collaborate with the sole aim of working together to impact the next media generation and enhance the economic development of the nation,” it said.