UPSA Unseats GIJ In Contest

The
Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) has been kicked out by the University of
Professional Studies (UPSA) in the Newsroom Contest, an event organised by
Cheetah Communications.

The
contestants from UPSA made their way to the end of the tunnel with a total
score of 178, with the GIJ garnering 168.

By
this feat, UPSA will face the Wisconsin University College for the first and
second positions respectively, while GIJ faces AUCC for the third and fourth positions
respectively.

This year’s contest is the fourth edition since it was instituted in
2015, with the goal of injecting an extracurricular activity in the training of
communication students by giving them the needed experiential value in the
field of journalism, public relations, advertising, integrated communication, among
others, and also expose them to best communication practices geared towards
national development.

According to the Founder & President of the Newsroom Contest, Raymond
Baxey, the contest contributes in deepening the understanding of communication
and its practice outside the lecture halls, adding, “It builds their confidence
in the area of writing, public speaking, communication strategies and research
and makes them more analytical.”

He stated that the novelty with this year’s contest is the report to be
generated from the contest on the performance of students highlighting their
strengths and weaknesses.

This report, he said, would be submitted to authorities of competing
universities with the aim of contributing to academia to arrest any shortfall
in the training of communication students.

“I believe this is another way of contributing to the communication
training and the industry at large,” Mr. Baxey added.

The semi-finalists of this year’s contest would have the opportunity to represent Ghana in a maiden ECOWAS Newsroom Contest to be hosted in Ghana in March next year, when the Newsroom Contest turns five years.

FROM Awuraabena Appianimaa B. Sarpong

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