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GIJ, AUCC, others face-off in 2018 Newsroom contest

THE 2018 edition of the annual Newsroom competition between communication and journalism schools in Ghana kick-starts today Monday, November 12, 2018.

Schools competing in this year’s edition include Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), African University College of Communications (AUCC), Wisconsin International University College (WIUC), Islamic University College (IUC) and Jayee University College (JUC).

GIJ, who are two-time winners of the competition, winning it in 2015 and 2016, are hopeful of defending the title despite facing a tough competition from new entrants AUCC, WIUC and Jayee University.

According to the organizers of the competition, Cheetah Communications, the competition aims at redefining communication and journalism training in Ghana through competitive practical experiences.

“It seeks to instill confidence in communication students in their dealings, but generally it seeks to introduce a healthy competition among universities that run communication programmes at the undergraduate level. It will also introduce students to new trends in communication,” CEO of Cheetah Communications, Raymond Baxey, said.

The competition will take place between  November 12, 2018 and November 20, 2018 and will have seasoned communication and journalism practitioners as judges.

Newsroom competition is a fast-paced writing, reporting and presentation contest of News Stories, Communication Strategies and Debates on issues of popular relevance. It is the platform where practice reinforces theory, forging a symbiotic relationship between the two in the realm of holistic knowledge and information sharing. The Newsroom seeks to establish a synergy between the knowledge and practice of communication.

Teams representing competing institutions will exhibit their skills and showcase their talent in a fast-paced competition that challenges them to effectively engage the audience before being evaluated by the Editorial panel (Judges), made up of seasoned communications professionals drawn from academia and the corporate world.

The Newsroom competition is being organized in collaboration with the Ghana Journalists Association, Institute of Public Relations, Ghana and the Advertising Association of Ghana, and this year’s contest is being sponsored by Access Bank and Unilever Ghana Limited.

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