Journalists urged to maintain journalistic standards

By Bright Ofori Asiamah / Eshun Kaku
Famiyeh, GNA

Takoradi, Oct. 2 GNA – Mr. Fiifi Buckman, a
Barrister, has urged journalists in the Western Region to maintain standards
and work assiduously to project the image of the region.

He also tasked the regional GJA executives
to come together and speak with one voice to take the region to its rightful

Mr. Buckman, who said this at the launch of
the Western Region GJA awards in Takoradi, urged journalists to help rebrand
the region through their journalistic works to promote the region.

The regional awards is slated for October 26
to honour journalists who have distinguished themselves and acknowledge veteran
journalists who have contributed to the development of journalism in the

Mr Buckman asked journalists in the region
to be self-motivated to carve a niche for themselves and build an empire in the
Western Region.

Mr Buckman made a personal donation of 1000
towards the awards.

Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the Western
Regional Minister, stated that, it was time for the indigenous businesses in
the Western Region to establish their headquarters in the region to help it

The Regional Minister, inaugurated the
five-member vetting committee, chaired by Mr. Moses Maclean Abnory, the
Registrar of Takoradi Technical University.

Mr. Abnory said the committee would do
everything possible to maintain sanity in the vetting process to make sure that
the awards were given to the best deserving journalists.

The Ghana Gas Company donated GH¢30,000 and
Ghana Manganese Company also donated laptops and tablets towards the event.

Mr. Moses Dotsey Aklorbortu, the Regional
GJA Chairman, said, the programme was long overdue due to the difficulties in
seeking for  sponsorships to put the
award scheme together, but expressed joy that at last all was set for the
commencement of the ceremony.

Mr. Aklorbortu said categories one would
cover education and health, category two would be on oil and gas reporting,
responsible mining, small scale and illegal mining.

Category three would be on Rural reporting,
environmental, Political, general news reporting and court reporting, category
four would cover the best female journalist, five going for the best male
journalist, while the sixth category would be on the best programme content for
radio, best rural community radio, best morning show, best health programme,
best sports programme and best education programme.


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