General News of Wednesday, 21 March 2018
A columnist and communications strategy consultant has advised budding journalists, particularly females to “Be versatile, read a lot, and be prepared to cover a lot because there’s nothing in isolation in Ghana, in the world”.
Nana Yaa Ofori-Atta observed that it was imperative for women in journalism and the media at large to be well grounded in their scope of work to enable them excel, hence heeding to the aforementioned advices would help them succeed.
Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the maiden Alliance for Women in Media (AWMA) summit themed; Shaping our future – women in media at the British Council in Accra, the veteran media personnel stressed the need for women to empower themselves by challenging themselves at their workplaces.
“I’ll encourage the younger generation in this room who’re here today to take advantage of this. I see Wendy Asiamah back in the days of the Chronicle. These women can hold your hands; they’re not patronising you, they’re encouraging you, they’re challenging you, they can hold your hands. Be versatile and challenge yourself, that’s power,” she stressed.
About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWMA) summit
The goal of the event according to Founder and Convener of the AWMA, Shamima Muslim Alhassan, is to “highlight the peculiar challenges and issues facing women in media; including skills development, equal opportunity, due recognition and fair remuneration.”
As the maiden event, she said the summit would be held annually in March, based on a relevant theme to mark the International Women’s Day celebration.
The maiden summit was attended by well accomplished and high-profile women personalities in the media including; Communications lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Akrofi-Quarcoo, Veteran journalist Elizabeth Ohene, Esther Armah, AWMA patron, Audrey Gadzekpo, GHOne news editor Nana Aba Anamoah, Joy FM’s Nhyira Addo, among others.