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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Lecturer rates Ghana’s oil high

A LECTURER at the Department of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the College of the Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has acknowledged the huge potentials of Ghana’s oil find.

Dr. Stephen Kudom Donyinah says the quality of Ghana’s oil is unique and, therefore, Ghana cannot fail with the discovery.
He was sharing his views on Ghana’s budding oil and gas industry at the launch of the “Strengthening Media Oversight of the Extractive Sectors Pilot program” in Kumasi, under the Oil and Gas Project of the Penplusbytes (International Institute for ICT Journalism), in conjunction with Revenue Watch Institute, to increase media coverage of the oil related issues.

The pilot programme aims at promoting good governance and an effective oversight of the oil, gas and mining (extractive) resources and revenues, and ensuring a knowledgeable and active media which is critical to having an informed and engaged public, civil society and parliament that can hold government to account.
The editors discussed the latest development in the oil and gas industry, the role of Civil Society Organizations in the oil & gas sector, status of legislation, policies and regulations at the meeting.

Dr. Donyinah said the oil find had come at the right time, and urged Ghanaian authorities to cash in on this single find and encourage the local content aspect of the industry. He noted that growth of the Industry calls for training of the youth and recommended the proper management of the human resources to enhance the local content component of the industry in order to meet international standards.
The Chemical and Petroleum Engineering lecturer also called on local business entities to pull resources together to acquire oil blocks from the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) for management by locals for accelerated investment.
Dr. Donyinah announced that the Tullow Oil has offered scholarships for 50 students of his outfit, to be trained and help in the oil and gas industry, for the needed expertise to fill the existing gap.
Mr. Emmanuel Kuyole, the Africa Regional Coordinator of Revenue Watch Institute (RWI), a non-profit policy institute which promotes the effective, transparent and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good through capacity building, technical assistance, research and advocacy, in his keynote address said the oil industry was an opportunity to correct the imbalances of the first extractive resources.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

The RWI Co-ordinator hoped structures would be put in place to regulate the industry for effective operations and impact on the local people.
Mr. Kwami Ahiabenu, President of Penplusbytes indicated that the pilot project aims at exposing journalists to the oil and gas Industry by equipping them with knowledge and skills to report effectively on the oil and gas industry.
He disclosed that 15 journalists have been trained to meet this requirement and that the next batches of participants are expected to enroll in a course in May 2012.


http://ghanaian-chronicle.com/business-news/lecturer-rates-ghana’s-oil-high/

Monday, October 17, 2011

Future Journalists gather for Ghana's first online journalism boot camp

Future journalists will gather at the Accra International Press Centre on 21st October, 2011 for the first Boot Camp on online Journalism under the theme "Enhancing your Future as a Journalist through Online Journalism"
Keynote address for the occasion will be delivered by Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, USA and board member of Penplusbytes and Dr. Kwabena Riverson, board chair of Penplusbytes, will deliver welcome address with Kenneth Ashigbey managing Director of Daily Graphic Company serving as chair for this important boot camp.

The Boot Camp is aimed at providing learning and knowledge exchange opportunities in online journalism topics such as. ; online News Publishing and Online tools for gathering news, revenue models for online news, modern trends in broadcast technologies and social media and journalism.

The International Institute for ICT Journalism (Penplusbytes) working with Ghana Journalists Association(GJA) is organizing this boot camp with support from Raycom Technologies, IPMC and Main One Cable.

The highlight of the event will be the launch of Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Social networking platform
www.gjaghana.org. The platform is intended to provide members of the association with opportunities to effectively explore the inherent benefits of social networking  tools as they interact and connect with the general public. It has become necessary that today's journalists harness the presence of these social network tools in the creation and dissemination of news content. According to Mr. Bright Blewu, Secretary-General of Ghana Journalists Association "the face of journalism is changing rapidly due to the advent of new technologies bringing with it challenges and opportunities and as an association we are committed to support our members to take advantage of new media in order for them to serve their audiences better while at the same time maintaining the highest professional ethics."

The one-day media boot camp, will offer a practical, in-depth and hands-on application of new media in the newsroom and forms part of Penplusbytes 10th anniversary celebrations.  Kwami Ahiabenu, II President of Penplusbytes noted that, "As we celebrate 10 years of empowering the media through the use of ICTs to advance quality journalism we are excited to provide a unique opportunity to future journalists to help them navigate the new media world as they grow as journalists in our new information age".

Other presenters at the boot camp  will include; Isaac Yeboah of myjoyonline.com Chris Donkor of Dot house, Kent Mensah of Citifmonline, Nana Kwabena of Edge cube and Prince Asare of Viasat 1.The rest are Alex Adjei Bram of SMSGH, John Totoe of Mobile Content, Isaac Maafo of Bulksmsghana, Kofi Amamoo of Expresso, Charity Donkor of MTN and Prof Linus Abraham (Rector) of NAFTI

Participating schools will include, African University College of Communication, Ghana Institute of Journalism, School of Communication Studies, Christian Service University, Kumasi, NAFTI and Jayee College.

 

Editor's Note

Penplusbytes

International Institute of ICT Journalism (Penplusbytes) is an organization that seeks to empower the media through the use of ICTs to advance quality journalism. It consists of a network of media organizations and journalists interested in using ICTs effectively to advance the course of journalism. We have trained over 500 journalists from various parts of Africa and across the globe in cutting edge new media technologies and contemporary ICT issues.

GJA

Created in 1984, the Ghana Journalists Association is a professional association for Ghanaian journalists. The Association's purpose is to improve the standard of professional practice in the press, encourage the growth of the mass media, and protect freedom of expression. The Association is a membership organization of journalists with a National Executive elected by the members

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Boot camp : Enhancing your future as a Journalist through online Journalism

Penplusbytes in collaboration with the Ghana Journalists Association will be organizing a first ever boot camp on online for future journalists at the Accra International Press Centre on 21st October 2011 with support from Main One and Raycom Technologies. The boot camp forms part of 10th anniversary of the International Institute for ICT's Journalism (Penplusbytes), which was establish on 18th July 2001 with the vision of  empowering the media through the use of ICTs.
Under the theme "ENHANCING YOUR FUTURE AS A JOURNALIST THROUGH ONLINE JOURNALISM" is aimed at educating budding journalists on online reporting and related technologies and how they can take advantages of opportunities offered by online journalism as part of their career development plan.  as journalists.

www.penplusbytes.org

Friday, August 19, 2011

AEP to cover Liberia 2011 referendum

Accra, Aug. 16, GNA - Staff of African Elections Project (AEP) would participate in the coverage of the Liberian Referendum scheduled for August 23.

This would be under its Liberia Elections Incidents Monitoring system project in strategic partnership with Humanity United.

This was contained in a statement issued in Monrovia on Tuesday by Mr Jeremiah Sam of Penplusbytes and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.

AEP was established in 2008 to enhance the ability of journalists and the mass media to provide more timely and relevant election information and knowledge while undertaking the monitoring of specific and important aspects of governance.

"Liberia's referendum has largely been viewed as a giant stride in the country's democracy since the end of the civil war in 2003. It entails a "yes" or "no", to the four proposed constitutional amendments, including whether the country should hold its general elections in October or November during its elections year," the statement added.

The statement said AEP was working with the Liberia Media Centre, Ushahidi Liberia and other partners to provide comprehensive report from all the 4,457 polling stations across the 1,780 voting centres via an SMS system, a call centre and the use of social media tools such as Twitter, Face Book and You Tube.

It pointed out that in a related pre-referendum activity, AEP had organised a workshop for Liberian journalists, call centre agents and field officers on how to access the use of ICT and the social media in covering elections and ensuring transparency in the whole process.

"We are pleased and proud to be part of such a broad-based effort aimed at entrenching democracy in Liberia. AEP will cover this referendum until the final result are declared and provide a non-partisan coverage while chronicling any referendum-related violence incidence or irregularities", said Mr Kwami Ahiabenu II, African Elections Project Team Leader, when addressing the opening session of the workshop.

"After covering elections in 10 countries, AEP is no doubt a ground breaking project providing an important contributory role in deepening democracy and supporting the creation of open societies through capacity building for the media and other key stakeholders.

"At the same time, it provides a unique online elections information and knowledge platform that will eventually provide transparent access to the electoral processes across the continent," Mr Ahiabenu added.
 
GNA

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

AFRICAN ELECTIONS PROJECT TO COVER LIBERIA REFERENDUM

African Elections Project (AEP) is covering Liberian Referendum scheduled for 23rd of August, 2011 under its Liberia elections incidents monitoring system project www.myliberiawins.org in strategic partnership with Humanity United (http://humanityunited.org/  )

Liberia's referendum has largely been viewed as a giant stride in the country's democracy since the end of the civil war in 2003. A "yes" or "no" to the four (4) proposed constitutional amendments, including whether the country should hold its general elections in October or November during its elections year. 

In addition to its main website www.myliberiawins.org AEP is working with the Liberia Media Centre, Ushahidi Liberia and other partners to provide comprehensive report of happenings and events from all the 4,457 polling places spread across the 1,780 voting precincts via an SMS system,  a Call centre  and  the use of social media tools such as twitter, facebook  and  youtube.

In a related pre-referendum activity, AEP has organized a workshop for Liberian journalists, call centre agents and field officers on how to access the use of ICT and the social media in covering elections and ensuring transparency in the whole process.

"We are pleased and proud to be part of such a broad-based effort aimed at entrenching democracy in Liberia. AEP will cover this referendum until the final result are declared and provide a nonpartisan coverage while chronicling any referendum-related violence incidence or irregularities" said Mr. Kwami Ahiabenu II, African Elections Project Team Leader.

" After covering elections in ten countries, African Elections Project is no doubt a ground breaking project providing an important contributory role in deepening democracy and supporting the creation of open societies through capacity building for the media and other key stakeholders, while at the same time providing a unique online elections information and knowledge platform that will eventually provide transparent access to the electoral processes across the continent"Ahiabenu added.

African Elections Project was in established 2008 with the vision of enhancing the ability of journalists, citizen journalists and the news media to provide more timely and relevant elections information and knowledge while undertaking monitoring of specific and important aspects of governance.

For more information contact: liberia@africanelectons.org , SMS- International: +2336332011, Follow us on twitter: @liberiaelection  http://twitter.com/liberiaelection

 

Signed

Mike Butscher

Monrovia, Liberia                         

Monrovia 16th August 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Serving as a chair for Highway Africa New Media Awards 2011

Rhodes University's Highway Africa programme and its partners are pleased to announce the opening of the nomination process for the prestigious Highway Africa New Media Awards.
 
For 11 years these unique awards within the profession of journalism on the continent, have been rewarding pioneering, innovative and creative use of technology in journalism and the media. The Awards were established reward and recognise African innovation in the area of digital media and to highlight the role that digital technologies play in journalism and the media at large.
 
The Highway Africa New Media Awards are in three categories:
 
Individual – awarded to individual persons who design or appropriate new affordable applications of communication technologies to overcome the limitations of existing infrastructure and / or capital resources.
 
Not – for – profit – awarded to users of appropriate media technology to advance and assist communities and persons limited by infrastructure and / or technological access.
 
Corporate – awarded to corporate groups for creative and appropriate adaptation of technologies within the continent to complete effectively in the wider environment.
 
 
Submissions can be made electronically to awards@highwayafrica.com copied to m.letlhaku@ru.ac.za and b.jacobs@ru.ac.za. 
The closing date for entries is August 2011, 16:30 South African time.
 
 
The winners will be announced at the prestigious SABC-Telkom-Highway Africa New Media Awards gala dinner on the evening of 18 September 2011 during the 15th edition of the Highway Africa Conference.
 
 
For more information contact Bronwyn Jacobs (b.jacobs@ru.ac.za )  or Visit www.highwayafrica.com to download entry forms.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Liberia Elections 2011 Media Monitoring Group On Facebook


African Elections Project Liberia monitoring team has spotted a new group on Facebook for upcoming Liberia 2011 Elections called
Liberia Elections 2011 Media Monitoring Group

According to the group page it is designed to discuss media coverage of the elections based on media monitoring results and alerts of on media compliance to code of ethics, journalism standards and conflict sensitive elections reporting.

join the group at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_137338993012105


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Charging your Customers high internet prices - MTN Ghana leads the way

With a lot of high-speed Internet cable landing on the coast of Ghana the expectation was that Internet prices will go down.
With a majority of persons in Ghana accessing  Internet on the mobile phones using internet dongles, it quite interesting for MTN to increase  its pricing on its mobile data service. According to the company, the prices went up in the name of price rationalization, not sure what that means.


Internet campaign currently going on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/MTN-your-new-internet-charges-are-too-much-aba-do-something-about-it/118902514865411  and   http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=240006512691473 to aimed to pushing MTN to reduce prices.

see MTN Ghana official customer satisfaction page at http://www.facebook.com/mtnghanacustomers


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Unity and Impunity: The Challenges for Ivory Coast's New President

Monday's arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo, ending the four-month post-election standoff, was largely met with relief in Ivory Coast. But the divisions in the country—possibly worse now than at the time of the election last November—means the nation's legitimate president, Alassane Ouattara, will have to be a skillful broker if he hopes to bring the battered nation together.

Ouattara, a former deputy director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), had the support of a majority of voters in last November's election. Nevertheless, the vote split between Ouattara and Gbagbo ran along much the same lines as north-south alliances in the 2002–3 civil war.

Gbagbo posited the fight for the presidency—and his fight to stay on even after losing the election—as a battle for the nation itself for true Ivorians, accusing Ouattara of being a puppet of France and the West.

On April 1, with the support of France and the United Nations, Ouattara launched what became a 10-day final siege ending with the capture of Gbagbo and his wife, who had been hiding in a bunker beneath the presidential palace.

In his first statement to the Ivorian people since the arrest, Ouattara explained that the military operation was aimed at ending the security and humanitarian crisis plaguing the whole country, which he blamed on the obstinacy of the previous president.

Ouattara appealed to all Ivorians to uphold peace and to abstain from any acts of vengeance and repression and he announced plans to establish a National Trust and Reconciliation Commission to investigate crimes perpetrated during the years of war.

"All provisions will be made in collaboration with international tribunals and human rights organizations, to investigate, prosecute, judge and punish severely the perpetrators of these unspeakable acts," said Ouattara in a statement from April 12.

Many crimes perpetrated in Ivory Coast by both sides of the divide over the last months have come to light. Last week, a U.N. human rights team found over 100 bodies within 24 hours.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the series of vicious attacks on civilians, calling the reports he was receiving utterly horrifying. "They are finding more bodies every day," he said.

"The first priority is to do everything possible to stop further killings and violations. But equally important is to end impunity in Ivory Coast," stressed Pillay.

A report by Human Rights Watch from April 9 states that Ouattara's forces of killed hundreds of civilians, raped more than 20 alleged supporters of his rival, and burned at least 10 villages in the far western region of the country. Gbagbo's forces were likewise blamed for killing more than 100 presumed Ouattara supporters.

Although the death toll in the recent conflict is unclear, some organizations estimate it to be at least 1,500. U.N. aid officials say that up to 1 million Ivoirians have been displaced in the violence, including 135,000 seeking refuge in Liberia.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is also conducting steps toward a requesting it be allowed to start a full investigation into international crimes committed in Ivory Coast.
But whether the ICC will prosecute Gbagbo will depend on a decision, which has to come from inside the country, says Mariya Nedelcheva, member of European Parliament and part of the European Union delegation to Africa.

According to Nedelcheva, the two main objectives of Ouattara as president will be regaining peace and stability, and helping the country recover from its current humanitarian crisis. To do this, he will have to reconcile the two sides and try to prevent further exacerbation between them in the aftermath of the arrest.

"This will be Ouattara's biggest challenge: to play the role of unifier of the nation," says Nedelcheva.

In her assessment, from now on democracy and political pluralism in Ivory Coast will also be tested. This means that those who supported Gbagbo will also need to be involved in the process of recovery.

"If this fails to be done, we risk running in the same situation we witnessed four months ago."

For the moment, joy and happiness over a new freedom dominated Abidjan on April 12, although some were commenting with sadness about the number of people killed in the crisis. Merchants and taxis were getting back to the streets.

"The mood felt like: 'We're all tired of this war and we just want to live in peace and unity,'" wrote Ivorian blogger Kanigui Yeo via e-mail, using a pseudonym because of threats he has received for his posts on Twitter.

But this unity might be hard to achieve. According to Kwami Ahiabenu from African Elections Project, Gbagbo's followers, who accounted for 45.9 percent of the electorate during last November's elections, are going to be a source of problems for Ouattara. One of the reasons is that they strongly believe Ouattara is not even a true Ivorian because of his origin from Burkina Faso. That, and his close ties to France.

"Ouattara's basket will be full as a president: ruling a deeply divided conflict prone country, broken economy and perceived illegitimacy," wrote Ahiabenu via e-mail from Ghana.

Gbagbo's supporters are unlikely to simply change their hearts because their leader has been arrested. Gbagbo's supporters know that their leader ultimately surrendered because of pressure from the international community and that he had no other choice, says Ambroise Pierre, head of Reporters Without Borders' Africa desk.

"They will feel wronged and see the situation as an act against Ivory Coast and against Gbagbo," said Pierre.

Unifying the troops from the warring sides—Republican Force of Ivory Coast loyal to Ouattara, and the militants faithful to Gbagbo—is another massive challenge.

"How will Ouattara manage to merge these two completely different armies with completely different philosophies? That is very difficult," says Julie Owono, a Cameroonian blogger for Global Voice.
 
Still, Ouattara has the necessary legitimacy both from both large portions of the population in Ivory Coast and abroad. On top of that, he has the reputation of being a gentle man fostering peace.

"Ouattara is a man of peace. This is the word he has been saying for the last four months," says Owono.
 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Workshop : "The Role of New/Social Media in the Promotion of Press Freedom"

Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is organizing a one-day workshop on the impact of new/social media on development, scheduled for Tuesday, 19th April 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at the Ghana International Press Centre, under the theme: "The Role of New/Social Media in the Promotion of Press Freedom". The workshop is part of GJA's celebration of the 2011 World Press Freedom Day on May 3, which is under the theme: "21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers".
 
 

      Chairperson – Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere, Chairman, National Media Commission (NMC)

      Welcome Remarks – Mr. Ransford Tetteh, GJA President

 

Speakers/Topics

The State of Social Media -Global overview and The Frontiers and Barriers to Social Media  -  Ms. Myra Michele Brown U.S. Embassy

Challenges to Journalistic Standards in a Digital Age -Kwami Ahiabenu,II www.penplusbytes.org

Professor Linus Abraham, Director, NAFTI

Media Laws and Regulations in a Digital Age -Mr. Berifi Apenteng, NMC

Mrs. Abena Asafu-Adjei - Director of Legal Services, NCA National Communication Authority (NCA)

 

Social Media: the Gender Challenges- Ms. Dorothy Gordon    D-G, Kofi Annan International IT Centre

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Speaking at one day workshop on "The Role of New/Social Media in the Promotion of Press Freedom"

Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is organizing a one-day workshop on the impact of new/social media on development,  scheduled for Tuesday, 19th April 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at the Ghana International Press Centre, under the theme: "The Role of New/Social Media in the Promotion of Press Freedom". The workshop is to usher in the GJA's celebration of the 2011 World Press Freedom Day on May 3, which is under the theme: "21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers".

During this workshop, I hope to make a presentation on the topic :  Challenges to Journalistic Standards in a Digital Age (Kwami Ahiabenu,II www.penplusbytes.org )

Other topics and invited speakers include :

Chairman of National Media Commission

The President of GJA

The State of Social Media – Global overview/ The Frontiers and Barriers to Social Media   - Ms. Myra Michele Brown  U.S. Embassy

 Professor Linus Abraham, Director, NAFTI

Social Media: the Gender Challenges-  Dr. Audrey Gadzekpo

Media Laws and Regulations in a Digital Age -Mr. Berifi Apenteng  

Mr. Paarock VanPercy,  D-G, National Communication Authority

Ms. Dorothy Gordon    D-G, Kofi Annan International IT Centre

 

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

African Elections Project(AEP) to cover Niger second run Elections

African Elections Project (AEP) http://www.africanelections.org/niger, your authoritative elections information and news services is covering Niger Elections 2nd round slated to take place on Saturday the 12th of March 2011 between the former Prime Minister Seini Oumarou(MNSD-Nassa) and long-term opposition figure Mahamadou Issoufou(PNDS-Taray)

The Niger 1st round general elections, took place on  Monday 31st January 2011 to elect a president out of 10 candidates and 113 members of parliament. The final results indicated that, none of the 10 candidates who aspired to be president got more than the 50% required thereby necessitating a second round to take place.

 According to Gerard Guedegbe, who is leading a team of reporters to cover this elections said "African Elections Project is set to provide timely  and relevant elections information and knowledge while undertaking covering specific and important aspects of governance working hand with citizens journalists and civil society actors engaged in elections observations."

AEP was established in 2008 to empower journalists to cover elections using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) across the continent. AEP have successfully covered elections in Botswana, Namibia, Ghana, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritania, Mozambique, Malawi, and Togo and has launched coverage of the upcoming elections in Liberia with plans are also far advanced to cover Nigeria, Uganda and Cameroon.

 In addition to its flagship online portal, http://www.africanelections.org/niger  AEP is covering this elections using other new media tools such as facebook, blogs, frontlineSMS and twitter  http://twitter.com/nigerelections. Subscribers can subscribe to our SMS news and results service by sending a text message to (00227) 97 16 30 37 in Niger or international - +447537401839

The African Elections Project-Niger is coordinated by Ghana based International Institute for ICT Journalism (www.penplusbytes.org ) working hand in hand with la Maison de la Presse du Niger and other key partners. The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) www.osiwa.org  is the main strategic and funding partner for AEP Niger.

 

Signed

 

Boubacar Diallo

Maison de la Presse du Niger

Niamey, Niger

10th March 2011

 


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www.penplusbytes.org 

Monday, February 28, 2011

Liberian Journalists equipped with skill for effective Electoral Coverage

Served as a facilitator  at this workshop, it was a great experience :


A six day workshop under the theme "Enhancing the Role of the media for Effective Electoral Coverage" took place in Monrovia, Liberia from 21st to 26th February. The workshop is under the 5year The Civil Society and Media Leadership Programme of IREX www.irex.org in partnership with USAID, Liberia Media Centre, International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) and African Elections Project www.africanelections.org.

The workshop is part of the process to prepare Journalists in Liberia to cover upcoming October 2011 general elections

Participants are being taken through topics such as, voter Registration, Exhibition and the Final Process, The National Referendum; Facts You Ought to Know, Drawing of Electoral Districts, Prospects and Challenges to the 2011 General and Presidential , PUL'S Code of Conduct (Elections) & Code of Ethics, Liberia's electoral history, Understanding Liberia's Election Laws & the Process, Conflict Sensitive Reporting & Information Management and ICTs and Elections Coverage which is being facilitated by African Elections Project, Liberia www.africanelections.org bringing project experience from 10 countries in this area.

The workshop is being attended by 24 participants drawn from radio and print Liberia journalists.

 AEP