As part of efforts to train professionals in the communications space on disability reporting, YALI TV has organised a two-day workshop for Journalists and Communications Professionals.
The seminar, which started on 2nd December and ended with an awards night on 3rd December 2021, took the journalists and communications professionals through workshops and plenary sessions with seasoned Journalists, Lecturers, and Professionals leading the sessions to equip the beneficiaries with how to report and promote fact-based, objective and impactful media content on PWDs through the media.
A total of 26 Journalists and Communication Professionals across Ghana benefited from the training. 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 needed media attention.
At the awards night, the United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sullivan, congratulated YALI TV for embarking on this initiative and reiterated the influence of the media in 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 said.
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.
A Deputy Minister of Information, Fatimatu Abubakar, who was at the awards ceremony also tasked the media to throw more light on PWDs adding that the 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 for that award going to Prosper Kuorsoh of Ghana News Agency, the second runner-up went to Daniel Abugre Anyorigya of Citi News, and the ‘Best Journalist Living with Disability’ award went to Paul Anomah Kordeih of Global Media Alliance.
Prof. 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, Barack Obama to train the next generation of African leaders.