GJA President Encourages Specialisation

Mr Azumah presents a dummy cheque to the vice president of the GJA association, Asante-Agyei

The President of the Ghana Journalist Association
(GJA), Affail Monney, has urged journalists to channel their energies at
specific subject areas of their profession by way of specialisation in order to
help address the complexities and rapidity of happenings and issues that tend
to stale the growth of the country.

“The jack of trades syndrome and the all-knowing
pretensions of journalists should give way to specialisation. I am a journalist
and I will be the first to admit that journalist do not know it all. Our only
advantage is that we have unfettered access to the microphone and the print” he
said. 

In the face of challenges that make most media
houses to encourage journalist to specialise, he emphasised the importance of
specialisation by describing it as one vehicle that could lead to a destination
of improved quality in media output, where journalists could report on issues
authoritatively.

“It will help them to analyse issues objectively
and not from the lens of politicians or people who want to be heard” he said.

Mr Monney appealed to media houses to
specifically commit more resources to finance and economic reporting in order
to help the country accelerate its growth in all dimensions.

“Media has gotten us to where we are in democracy.
It has however been established that any democracy without a strong economic
underpinning is weak” Mr Monney said 

He made the remark when he expressed appreciation
on behalf of the association to the Consolidated Bank of Ghana (CBG) limited
and Newmont Goldcorp Ghana, for their contribution of GH₵25,000 and GH₵20,000
respectively to the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), for the upcoming 24th
GJA awards which coincides with the 70th Anniversary celebration of the
association.

CBG is supporting the business, finance and
economic reporter category while Newmont is supporting the environmental category
of the awards scheme which is scheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2019.

Presentations from representatives of both
institutions were separately made to executives of the GJA in Accra on Thursday,
October 10 2019.

The General Manager of CBG in Charge of Global
markets, John Zigah who led a three man delegation expressed the commitment of
the bank to promote democracy by associating itself with institutions that tend
to propagate the tenets of democracy which included freedom of expression.

The Head of Communications at Newmont Ghana,
Agbeko Azumah for his part said the gesture was in line with longstanding
relationship between the two entities which has led to members of GJA
benefiting from training programmes and other form of assistance to the
association in the two regions of Bono Ahafo and Eastern.

By Issah Mohammed



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