As part of efforts to train professionals in the communications space on disability reporting, YALI TV has organised a two-day workshop for 26 journalists and communications professionals.
The seminar which started last Thursday and ended on Friday took the participants through workshops and plenary sessions with seasoned journalists, lecturers and other industry professionals.
They equipped the beneficiaries with how to report and promote fact-based, objective and impactful media content on persons with disabilities through the media.
Dubbed ‘Media Capacity Building Initiative for Reporting on Disability (MCBIRD)’, the second day of the training coincided with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) which was on the theme ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disability towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-Covid World.’
The beneficiaries were further tasked to explore impactful areas to make the stories of PWDs get the headlines of the media.
At the awards night, the United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sullivan, congratulated YALI TV for embarking on the initiative and reiterated the influence of the media highlighting the stories of marginalised communities.
“I hope with this program, we have started a conversation to improve understanding of the challenges faced by PWDs,” the US Ambassador to Ghana noted.
As a partner to the MCBIRD programme, Mrs Sullivan expressed the US’s commitment to helping develop Ghana’s journalistic core to the highest professional standards.
The Deputy Minister of Information, Fatimatu Abubakar who was at the awards ceremony also tasked the media to throw more light on PWDs adding that government is committed to improving social protection programs such as the National Health insurance programs to benefit all the citizenry, including vulnerable persons.
The winner for ‘Best Disability Reporter’ was won by TV’3 Portia Sonia Gabor, with the first runner-up going to Prosper Kuorsoh of Ghana News Agency, the second runner up was Daniel Abugre Anyoriga of Citi News and the ‘Best Journalist Living with Disability award going to Paul Anomah Kordeih of Global Media Alliance.
Professor Audrey Gadzekpo of the University of Ghana, Esther Cobbah of Stratcom, Philip Osei Bonsu, host of ‘Ekosiisen,’ Professor Kristin Gilger of Arizona State University in the USA, Philip Acquaye of BlueCrest University and Dr Felix Dela Klutse of Business Day Newspaper led the training.
YALI TV is an online television platform operated by beneficiaries of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a programme by the US State Department that started under US President, Barrack Obama to train the next generation of African leaders
- Why Dede Ayew is trending on Twitter
- Majority describes Bagbin’s frequent absence as worrying
- E-levy is less than 2%; UK pays 10% and we go there and seek loans from them – Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
- Asamoah Gyan reported me to Kufuor and I’ve never been happy with him to date – K. T. Hammond
- I held outdoor crusades for 5k people at age 5 in Nigeria – Sam George
- Last time I changed my sponge was 12 years ago – Man tells JoyNews
- I spent 50% of my 8-year savings in 2 years – Family man recounts how he survived Covid-19
- I withdrew my SSNIT funds to start a business but Covid-19 didn’t let me – Man recounts
- Market queens in Kumasi opt to pay nomination fee for Alan Kyerematen
- If ‘Talk Tax’ worked, E-Levy won’t fail – Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
Ghana must learn from Apeatse disaster – Gold Fields
Burkina Faso coup: New leader Damiba gives first speech
DPO Group partners with Mastercard to help businesses accept digital payments
Elon Musk offered a 19-year-old $5k to take down a Twitter account that tracks his private jet
Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty hit with lawsuit for alleged fight with Head of Security
Electrochem Ghana Limited and Ada West District Assembly commit to strengthening ties
Trader burnt to death in Sunyani
There’ll be an economic disaster if E-levy fails to go through – Ken Ofori-Atta
Okwawu United announce new management members
Ayawaso Central Assembly steps up ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage’ sensitisation campaign
Apeatse explosion: Negligence, regulation lapses and institutional failures caused incident – Expert
Mary J. Blige says she had to pay herself ‘the highest compliments’ in order to get her confidence back
Chris Brown sued for $20m Over alleged rape
Playback: MacDan speaks about the private jet terminal at KIA
Rihanna went pantless on a date with A$AP Rocky