Tuesday, September 30, 2014


The 2014 edition of the annual Journalism mentoring programme, dubbed the “future Journalism Project”, designed by the International Institute of ICT Journalism – Penplusbytes to provide professional nurturing opportunity to Journalism and Communication students, is slated for Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at the New Media Hub, Osu- Accra.

With this year’s event focused on exploring technologically efficient ways of propagating news information in a largely digitizing world, Penplusbytes have instituted the “The Future of News Competition”, which will be preceded by a half-day workshop on the central theme of “News Innovations”.

The workshop is to help expose the need in pushing beyond the imaginary boundaries of news dissemination by boosting the capacities of participants to identify and better appreciate the gains existing in leveraging the rather increasing technology avenues such as social media tools in the news generation process.

Participating in the one day event are 11 invited Communication and Journalism schools that will be expected to come out with innovative ideas for publishing news. Each school is expected to be represented by a three member team who will make a case for their various innovations through a presentation to a panel of judges after which the winner will be rewarded with a cash prize of GH₵ 2000 and a certificate.

“This is a unique platform for our would-be communicators and Journalists, affording them the chance to shape the future of journalistic excellence by bringing to bear their ideas of news innovations and showcasing diversity in strategy for news dissemination in our new digital age with a chance of being rewarded and this is exactly what Penplusbytes stands for; excellence.” Kwami Ahiabenu, II, President, Penplusbytes.

A mentorship mechanism is in place to ensure that participating students will, ahead of the competition, receive continuous assistance and tutelage from astute practitioners on their various innovative works for the competition after which winners will be rewarded with cash prizes and certificates.


Penplusbytes is a leading pan-African, not for profit organization, that seeks to empower the media through the use of ICTs to promote high quality journalism while at the same time working in good governance and technology, new media and innovations, as well as oil, gas and mining.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


The International Institute of ICT Journalism, Penplusbytes, is taking staff of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) through a structured capacity building strategy in the application of new digital technologies at the New Media Hub in Accra from Tuesday, September 23, 2014 to Friday, 3rd October, 2014.

Present during a short opening ceremony on day one of the training were Mrs Joyce Ngoh, Director, Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) / Voice of America (VOA) W. Africa Office of Strategy and Development, Major Albert Don-Chebe (retd), Director - General, GBC and  Betty Apau-Opong, Acting director of Television, GBC.

With the key objective of improving the quality of program content as well as interactions with viewership on the channel by actively making use of new digital technologies, the 11-day capacity building initiative, will draw the participation of 45 Television (GTV) newsroom team members who will be looking to improve on the quality of their journalism while delivering high quality interactive content to their audience.

The detailed design of the programme which is funded by the Voice of America (VOA), with intentions to support its partner in Ghana, Ghana Television (GTV), includes training for 3 classes of 15 participants each over the following dates:  Class 1, 23rd – 25th September 2014; Class 2, 26th, 29th - 30th September 2014 and Class 3, 1st - 3rd October 2014.

According to Kwami Ahiabenu, II, President of Penplusbytes, “the use of new digital technologies is rapidly rising in Ghana with journalists and news media being offered unlimited opportunities to enhancing the quality of their stories while interacting better with audiences who are now gradually migrating from traditional news channels mediums to new ones such as mobile, online and social media. The implementation of this project, therefore, is in light of these exciting new developments.”

Participants will over the programme’s duration be taken through, and in an in-depth manner, topics such as Online Journalism and Research, Using social media as news source, storytelling and research, Computer Assisted Journalism, User Content Generation, Writing for the web and Building your presence online by Penplusbytes’ unique new digital technologies pool of experts and mentors who have proven capacity to deliver world class training.


Penplusbytes is a leading pan-African, not for profit organisation seeks to empower the media through the use of ICTs to promote high quality journalism while at the same time working in good governance and technology, new media and innovations, as well as oil, gas and mining.