The GIJ has also instituted a 60th anniversary GHS100 million Endowment Fund to help secure the future of the institute and help fund its projects. This is in line with the theme of the celebration which aims at building a better future for the institute hence the proactive and strategic focus it intends to take.
The Ghana Institute of Journalism was established by Ghana’s first president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah marked in October 1959. The institution has celebrated its 60th anniversary at a colour durbar in Accra under the theme “Celebrating our past: Inspiring our future”.
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Delivering his welcome address at the colourful ceremony, The rector Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo said, the institute aims at producing graduates who will be known for producing innovative content. These graduates would also be capable of interpreting both national and international events due to the training they received.
The rector Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo said these professionals produced by the GIJ will further pursue truth, have the requisite skills and be ethical in their reporting and sharing information clearly and accurately.
Such professionals have become critically important in this era of fake news and confusion fueled by technology, the internet, and social media.
Efforts Towards Quality Training at GIJ
Efforts at delivering quality training at GIJ can be achieved with the needed funding. This will help the Ghana Institute of Journalism deliver on its core mandate of training journalists, communicators and public relations officers, resources and purposeful efforts are needed to increase recruitment of the needed experienced faculty, give students training that focuses more on practical and hands-on experience while studying at GIJ.
Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo added that increasing students’ access and exposure to industry executives and experts and a concerted effort to offer writing clinic and research training among other things will help graduates of the institute.
Stakeholders including government and corporate organizations’ contributions to this fund will go a long way to help the GIJ achieve its strategic goals incliding the establishment of the Digital Media Hub going forward.
Source: Wisdom Eli Kojo Hammond |Human Rights Activist|Public Speaker| Budding Leadership & Research Expert |Educationist, Author & Blogger |Newsghana24.com