The Atinka Media Academy has held its second graduation ceremony under the theme, “Building an Accountable Society: The Role of the Media”.
Established about two years ago, the Atinka Media Academy is an institution under the Atinka Media Village (AMV) which seeks to provide quality training that promotes development, and to raise leaders in the fields of communication and technology.
Last year, almost 40 students graduated from the Academy while this year, 50 out of 60 students graduated with a certificate.
They studied broadcast Journalism, Master Control Room (MCR) production, camera, Disc jockey/ sound and video editing.
Speaking at the event, the President of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) Dr Roland Affail Monney, urged the granduants and the entire media fraternity to demonstrate their ability to fit in the society.
According to him, every citizen which the media is part have a responsibility to justify their inclusion in the society.
Dr Affail Monney who critically observed the programmes on all the platforms of Atinka Media Village applauded the management of the organisation, encouraging them to work hard to maintain their standards and to grow the brand.
He then advised the graduating students to add up to what they have attained to make a difference in the society.
The Managing Director of AMV, Mr. Albert Kwabena Dwumfuor who doubles as the Organizing Secretary of GJA also said journalists are watchdogs of society and must hold their leaders accountable in building the society.
“As journalists, we are watchdogs of the society and we must, therefore, do everything possible to hold our leaders accountable for the betterment of our society. When I say leaders, I am not restricting the description to political leaders alone; it also includes religious leaders, corporate leaders, civil servants and kinds of leaders in our society,” he said.
Mr Dwumfuor added that, “This is very important because if we do not do that, we will sink together as a nation. Why do we want to wait for the country or society to rot when we, as journalists could have saved the situation by highlighting the rot in society?”
He noted that Media personnel have so far done well to ensure accountability and transparency in society, however, he said there is more room for improvement.
“All facets of our society must be examined well in order to make our country a better place, and this is the core duty of journalists,” he said.
Mr Dwumfuor urged all graduating students to make a firm vow to hold all leaders accountable to ensure rapid development in our country in their respective workplaces.
“Your vigilance, tenacity and probing nature will save the country millions of cedis and more importantly protect lives and properties. Be bold, fearless, fair and firm and above all, get your facts right as you seek to expose all kinds of rot in society,” he said.
For his part, the Managing Editor for the Insight Newspaper, who was the special guest speaker for the occasion, Mr Kwesi Pratt junior also acknowledged the work AMV is doing in grooming young and competent journalists who will stand up for the nation.
He made the graduating students aware of the reality of the society, explaining that they were entering the media practice at a time where things are difficult in the country.
Mr Kwesi Pratt charged the grandaunts to expose the real circumstance as it is as they enter the world of work in the media landscape.
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