BY SAMUELLA BENSON-TAMBO A
THE UNITED Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has organised a one-day workshop for student journalists at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra.
The programme was aimed at enhancing the knowledge of student journalists on ethical reporting, making it the first of such programme in Ghana.
Participants from Wisconsin University, Pentecost University, African University College of Communications and Ghana Institute of Journalism were educated on ethical reporting in Journalism.
High profile media personalities who graced the event were Mr George K Sarpong, Executive Secretary of the National Media Commission, Prof Kwame Karikari, Dean of School of Communication, Wisconsin University and Mr Zaya Yeebo, Managing Editor, Public Agenda, who spoke on trivial topics pertaining to media ethics.
The Executive Secretary of the National Media Commission urged participants to be circumspect by reporting accurately and fairly.
“Journalist in Ghana must adhere to the code of ethics in the process of reporting and also be well abreast with the legal backing which can be found in the 1992 constitution,” Mr Sarpong added.
Prof Kwame Karikari also enlightened students on the code of ethics in journalism, its evolution and impact, especially on children.
He said, “You as journalist must always remember that ‘the truth’ is the most fundamental and ethical demand in journalism and therefore must never be compromised at any point.”
Prof Karikari charged journalists to be sensitive and respect the privacy of every child when carrying out stories relating to them.
Journalists, including Mr Kojo Yankson, host of JOY FM morning show, Mr Bernard Avle, host of CITI FM morning show, Ms Matilda Asante, Mr Kwaku Owusu Peprah, Deputy Editor ,JOY News, and Mr Yaw Boadu Ayeboafoh, Director of Newspapers GCGL, were present to answer questions from the students during the question-and-answer session.
Students were given the opportunity to ask resource persons questions pertaining to ethical reporting. In total, over 100 students benefited from the maiden workshop on ethical reporting by UNICEF.