June 16, 2019


VOA sharpens skills of Citi FM/Citi TV journalists

VOA sharpens skills of Citi FM/Citi TV journalists

A four-day training workshop has been held for journalists of Citi FM/Citi TV moderated by seasoned staff of International public broadcaster, Voice of America (VOA).

The workshop held at the Impact Hub, Osu, forms part of a collaboration that exists between the media organisations.

The top notch staff of VOA, with enormous experiences, took the Citi FM/Citi TV reporters through series of sessions especially on TV production and everything in between.

The training was geared towards equipping the reporters with the right skill sets and the nitty-gritty for meeting international standard practices in TV news production.

The four-day workshop which begun on Monday, January 7, 2019, ended on Thursday January 10, and was dubbed: “Developing coverage and delivering news.”

The workshop was moderated by Kathryn Peterson, Regional Marketing Director, West and Central Africa Office of Business Development for VOA, and Scott Bobb, a former staff of VOA with about 40 years experience in journalism.

In a Citi News interview, they were confident the training would place the journalists in a better position to compete at every stage including the international level.

“I see a lot of promise in these Journalists. They are very talented and I hope they will take advantage of what we have taken them thorough. We are also very confident that there will be future trainings similar to this one, Mr Robb stated.

Some of the staff of the station said the training program could not have come at a better time.

“This is a very good way to start the year. I go around in search of stories on daily basis. Sometimes, I have a clear idea about how I want the story to be told. But there are days when I have no clue. But this training has equipped me with tips on how to tell a good story when I’m confronted with such challenges,” Mohammed Aminu Alabira, Citi News’ Northern Regional Correspondent intimated.

Citi News’ Upper East Regional Correspondent who also benefited from the training programme said “I have always been a radio journalist and with the start of TV Programing by Citi TV, I needed this training to help me transition smoothly from a regular radio journalist to a TV broadcaster.”

About Citi FM/Citi TV

Citi FM, operating on a frequency of 97.3 Mhz is an English-speaking radio station that operates from Adabraka in Accra, the capital of Ghana.

It has been in existence for over 14 years, and has won many prestigious awards within the period.

The Citi 97.3 FM radio brand is refreshingly different in that it combines a comprehensive and credible news function, backed by innovative listener-driven on air programmes, and exciting promotions with vibrant audience participation.

The station is well-noted to be listener-focused with innovative on-air programs, promotions, outdoor events and comprehensive news.

The station has become known as a strong advocate for consumer issues, including road safety, sanitation, education, good health care, security and so on.

It in July 2018, it started programming on its TV station, Citi TV, which promises viewers compelling content and programming.

About VOA

Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of more than 275 million people.

VOA produces content for digital, television, and radio platforms. It is easily accessed via mobile phones and on social media. It is also distributed by satellite, cable, FM and MW, and is carried on a network of approximately 2,200 affiliate stations.

Since its creation in 1942, Voice of America has been committed to providing comprehensive coverage of the news and telling audiences the truth. Through World War II, the Cold War, the fight against global terrorism, and the struggle for freedom around the globe today, VOA exemplifies the principles of a free press.

VOA is part of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), the government agency that oversees all non-military, U.S. international broadcasting. It is funded by the U.S. Congress.


By: Godwin A. Allotey & Pearl Akanya  Ofori | citinewsroom.com | Ghana

Photos by: Sandister Tei

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