BY ERICA ARTHUR
The Ghana Tourism Authority’s (GTA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Akwesi Agyeman has said that his office is set to collaborate with the Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG) on their maiden workshop for members.
The workshop which aims at empowering members to properly play their gatekeeping and agenda setting roles will also help arts and tourism writers who lack knowledge of the elements of journalism to learn fast to enrich their work online and offline.
According to Mr Akwesi Agyeman, most writers lack the understanding of tourism and therefore end up disseminating irrelevant information to readers and the general public, he said “Collaborating with ATWAG on these kind of trainings, will make members including bloggers to understand the industry architecture, so they can be abreast with our activities in order to give their audience the right information to help sell Ghana in terms of tourism.”
He added that “The bloggers should be educated and informed to disseminate the right information concerning the arts and tourism.”
The president of the association, Mr William Aseidu, who spearheaded the meeting also said that, “ATWAG’s empowerment programme will help writers to familiarize themselves with the news element rather than concentrating on the speed to break news to promote tourism with our arts. We want to strengthen the arms of arts writers so they can report well. Working with GTA is a laudable cooperation.”
The Vice president, Mr Francis Doku also commented that “We are in the speed era, Journalist should take their time to apply the news element to make their stories complete. They fail to apply these elements, which include verification of information and balance in news writing especially bloggers”
Mr Mic Yeboah observed that most writers thought more about content than style of writing credible news and most writers also refuse to use the ‘five W’s and H’ in their news writing due to the speed to be the first to break news on their various news portals.
The Executives who were present at the meeting include, Mr William Asiedu( President), Mr Francis Doku,( Vice President), Mike Yamoah (Secretary) and Kwame Dadzie (PR) who presented a citation to the CEO of GTA as a token of their appreciation for honouring their invitation , for the inauguration and induction of the association’s executive on March 2, 2018.