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Investigative Journalism Seminar
June 23 @ 8:00 am - June 24 @ 5:00 pmGHc200
The Africa Center for International Law & Accountability (ACILA)
A Two-Day Groundbreaking Investigative Journalism Seminar With Case Studies By Award-Winning Investigative Journalists
Theme: The Theory and Practice of Investigative Journalism: From a Story Idea to Investigation, Expose, Follow-Up, Impact, and Causing Change
The 1992 Constitution of Ghana carved out a special role for the media as the “Fourth Estate of the Realm”, giving it a special responsibility to hold duty bearers accountable to the people. Indeed, since 1992 the media have, on balance, played its role under the Constitution with varying degrees of success.But as with all human-driven activity and performance, there have been hits and misses.
Although every aspect of media practice is important, nevertheless the practice of investigative journalism has proved to be very effective in providing accurate and reliable information to the public, engendering responsiveness and accountability from duty bearers, and being a catalyst for change. Continuous improvement is, therefore, key to enabling the media to play its role effectively and consistently.
In view of this, the Africa Center for International Law and Accountability (ACILA), a research and education think tank incorporated under US law as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and non-partisan organization, and also registered under Ghana law as a nonprofit, will deploy two-day capacity building seminars on investigative journalism – one of its focus areas in anti-corruption and good governance.
ACILA members have had substantial practice in investigative journalismand have also conducted capacity building workshops/seminars in investigative journalism for journalists in collaboration with organizations such as Dakar-based Panos Institute West Africa and Tiger Eye. In addition, ACILA recently delivered five lectures in investigative journalism gratis to about 400 students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism. The 200 Ghana Cedis being charged for these seminars will be used to pay honorarium to resource persons, provide lunch and snacks and certificates to participants, as well as cover the cost of other logistics.
A key objective of these seminars is to enhance the capacity of participants in investigative reporting in order for participants to:
- Undertake investigative journalism from start to finish and conduct follow-up investigations until corrective action is taken by responsible institutions/persons for reforms.
- Provide accurate and reliable information to the public.
- Engender responsiveness and accountability from duty bearers.
- Promote transparency in affairs of state and non-state organizations.
- Contribute to promoting good governance, rule of law, anti-corruption, and human rights.
- Enhance understanding of media law, professionalism and ethics
At the end of the seminar,participants will be able to:
- Conceive, design, develop, and execute investigative journalism projects from start to finish.
- Use techniques and strategies to obtain public records and use them in their reporting.
- Employ expert strategies to identify and cultivate sources and persuade reluctant interviewees to cooperate with an investigation and provide information.
- Access electronic databases and use tools for computer-assisted reporting.
- Gain understanding of media law and balance ethics with the public right to know.
- Utilize investigative techniques to report for national and international media.
The two-day seminars will be conducted in lecture format supplemented with case studies in all segments of the media(radio, television, print, and new media) by media lecturers,editors, award-winning investigative journalists, and lawyers.
- Etse Sikanku, Lecturer of Communications, Ghana Institute of Journalism
- Zakaria Tanko, Head of Print Journalism Department, Ghana Institute of Journalism
- Esther Armah,Media Communications Lecturer, Webster University, Award-Winning International Journalist and Radio Host “The Spin”
- William Nyarko, Executive Director, Africa Center for International Law and Accountability(ACILA)
Case Studies Presenters
- Eyram Bashan, Group Managing Editor, EIB Network
- Kwetey Nartey, Senior Broadcast Journalist, Investigative Desk, Multi-media Group Ltd
- Gabriel Obodai-Torgbor Ashong, Broadcast Journalist, Metro TV
- Isaac Yeboah, Editor, Graphic Online
- Investigative journalism: From story idea to investigation, publication/broadcast, follow-up, impact, and change
- How to develop sources and locate documents
- Investigative Techniques: Undercover v. plain cover
- Media law: understanding the law and how to avoid running afoul of the law(contempt of court, invasion of privacy, libel)
- Ensuring professional and ethical reporting.
- New media and online journalism.
- Investigating and reporting for international media (BBC, Aljazeera etc)
Early bird registration by May 31st, 2017:150 Ghc
- Two coffee/tea/cocoa breaks, lunch, training materials(note pad/pens), certificate of participation
Venue: ACILA Office, H/No.20 Onyankle Street, Abelenkpe, near Accra Community School
Date: 23rd-24thJune, 2017
Time: 9am-5pm daily