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Information Literacy Training for Journalists in Northern Region of Ghana

Information Literacy Training for Journalists in Northern Region of Ghana
Savana Signatures (SavSign) has organised a five day Information literacy capacity training for twenty journalists from both the electronic and print media in Ghana. The five day capacity training equipped journalists with the skills that they need to become more resourceful and competitive in their search and reportage of information in the 21st century. SavSign identifies journalism as the vehicle that must be used to drive the social, economic and political growth of the country and the north in particular. It was in the light of the immense role that journalists and information literacy play to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals that Savana Signatures with funding from International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) organized a five day information literacy training workshop to widen the knowledge scope of twenty selected journalists across the various media houses in the Northern region of Ghana.

The facilitators, Mr. John Stephen Agbenyo of SavSign and Mr. Joseph Kpetigo of GINKS built the capacity of the media men and women regarding how to recognize useful information and how toevaluate and use information effectively to meet local consumption and enhance development and growth. Participants were also taken through the process of understanding the economic, legal and social implications surrounding the information they access and urged to use the information ethically and legally with the ultimate goal of harnessing development.

The journalists’ capacities were built to enable them understand information needs of their listeners and readers, identify the appropriate means of assessing information need and eventually formulating an effective search strategy. The journalists were also taken through the use of mind mapping which entails using brainstorming in accessing current and prior knowledge and placing it in context to make it news worthy. Other topics that the journalists were taken through included skills in searching for information online using a variety of search engines, effective ways of authenticating and evaluating information and how to create a reflective journal to serve as road map in their daily activities as media men.

At the end of the five day information literacy training workshop, the participants were awarded certificates. In a specch read on his behalf, the Northern Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr. Alidu Baba expressed his gratitude to INASP and Savana Signatures for conducting the training for the journalists. Mr. Baba said that the GJA was very proud to be part of the workshop and stressed that “ ... the GJA is not only concerned with championing and advocating a better working environment for media practitioners but also ensuring their professional development and so this training by Savana Signatures will help raise the professional standards of the journalists."  He also urged the journalists to use the skills acquired to contribute even more than ever to the growth of the region and be good instruments of social change.

The Director of Savana Signatures and lead facilitator at the workshop, Mr. John Stephen Agbenyo, in his closing remarks expressed his appreciation to the media men that in spite of their busy schedules, they availed themselves for the five days capacity building session and admonished them to use the knowledge acquired to better the lot of themselves and the entire society.


Tamale, Ghana
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