February 11, 2019
Acting Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Kate Addo has expressed worry over practice where editors of various media houses withdraw journalists from Parliament less than six months, of they being assigned to the House.

According to acting director, young and inexperienced journalists are sent to the House to report in Parliament which is a specialized place.

She made this remarks at a day’s workshop organized by the Ghana Free Zones Aauthority for members of the Parliamentary Press Corps, to get a better understanding of the workings of the authority and appreciate its workings.

Again, at the various point of training of journalists, specialization is not emphasised, hence the need to engage in this constant training being under taken by the Free Zones Authority to build the capacity of the press corps.

In addition, when journalists do not understand happenings on the floor of the House, their headlines are changed and they do not give reflection of what happened in the chamber. They are unable to challenge the change.

She recounted working as a broadcast journalist covering Parliament, she thought her report was very good until, she started working in Parliament and saw that you need to know precedents and understand the nuances of the standing orders.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com