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25.11.2003 General News

GJA President calls on journalists to accept criticisms

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Koforidua, Nov 25, GNA - The President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Ms. Ajoa Yeboah-Afari, on Tuesday called on journalists not to take criticisms by people in high circles as personal attacks but to take them in good faith and correct their mistakes.

She appealed to journalists to be guided by the ethics of the profession, even as they struggle for "scoops" and compete for stories.

Ms Yeboah-Afari said this when he visited members of the Eastern Region branch of the GJA to express her appreciation to members in the region for their support during the recent elections that brought her to office.

She called on journalists to be circumspect about whatever they write or say on air since their actions could make or unmake personalities.

Ms Yeboah-Afari appealed to senior journalists to help the young ones in the profession improve their standard of output.

The Eastern Regional Chairman of the Association, Mr. Tom Brentuo, said the regional branch has benefited from scholarships offered by three computer institutes in the region that had made most of the members of the association computer literate.

He said recently an Internet service provider, Messrs Don Computers Company, offered members of the association a month-long training programme on Internet.

Mr. Brentuo said the branch had initiated talks with the All Nations University at Koforidua for a continuous education programme that would enable members to attend periodic seminars to enlighten them on current topics.

Mr. Kweku Nkrumah, the Eastern Regional Director of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, advised young journalists to humble themselves and take the advice and criticisms of their seniors in good faith.

Ms Wendy Asiamah, a veteran journalist, advised the young journalists in the region to take advantage of the presence of the All Nation University in the region to improve upon their academic status.

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