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18.06.2009 General News

Specialise in the area of your skills… Journalists urged

By William N. Jalulah, Bolgatanga - Ghanaian Chronicle
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THE UPPER East Regional Director of the Ghana Broadcasting Cooperation (GBC), Mr. Abubakari Alhassan, has advised young journalists in the region to identify their skill areas in the profession, and specialise in them.

Giving the advice at a send-off party for the immediate past Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Upper East Chapter, Mr. Mohammed Nuredeen Ishaque, the GBC Director observed that there were talented journalists in the region who could perform more creditably, if they focused their attention on their skill areas.

Mr. Abubakari also urged the journalists to write about the good cultural practices of the region and economic prospects, so as to showcase the potentials of the region to the outside world.

He called for the need for them to also upgrade themselves to suit the changing world, and not wait for their employers to organise training or courses for them.

The Regional Director hinted that the GBC would organise a forum for journalists in the in the region in the next two weeks.

Mr. Nuredeen Ishaque called for unity among members of the GJA, and urged them to take issues of the association more seriously, by attending meetings regularly.

“They should adhere to the ethics of the profession and be fair, objective and neutral in the performance of their duties,” he further said.

Mr. Nuredeen, who was also the Regional Manager of the Ghana News Agency (GNA), added his voice to the need for journalists to upgrade themselves by taking advantage of internet technology to do professional courses.

He has been transferred to the head office of the GNA in Accra.

The Regional Secretary of the GJA, Mr. Benjamin Xornam Glover, urged his colleagues to focus on rural reporting, so that they could win awards on that aspect, and not allow their counterparts in the cities to rather win awards on rural reporting, when they were not in the rural areas.

Until fresh elections are held to elect new executives into office, Mr. Abraham Demie, Vice Chairman of the association, would act as Chairman.

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