Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Penplusbytes launches "Reporting Oil and Gas" Website

An exclusive online platform dedicated to reporting oil, gas and the extractive sector has been launched by Penplusbytes as part of its “Empowering the Media to Play an Active Watchdog Role over Ghana’s Oil and Gas Revenues and Resources” project funded and technically supported by STAR Ghana.

The collaborative online platform  which will serve as a knowledge hub for both journalists and Civil Society Organisations  is also intended to virtually bring together the media, industry experts, CSOs and other stakeholders working in Ghana’s oil and gas industry to actively share knowledge and information towards enhancing transparency and accountability in the sector.

Akua-Piesie Asare Bediako, a journalist from Kesben FM in Kumasi said “I have already participated in the online discussions and its modern interface makes it easy to navigate the website and hope all journalists will join the discussion for an effective national dialogue on key oil and gas revenue management issues”.  makes room for news from various categories as it provides a section for news from oil drilling companies, local news, news from project partners and news from around Africa. The platform also has a unique feature that allows publications, especially those on oil and gas regulations, reports from the finance ministry, Public Interest Accountability Committee and other relevant State bodies.  It is also mashed up with social media platforms such as youtube, twitter and facebook , for a wider reach and impact.

This oil and gas project by Penplusbytes seeks to empower the media to play an active watchdog role of Ghana’s oil and gas revenues and resources leading to an improved coverage of oil and gas stories by the Ghanaian media leading to an increase in the quantity and quality (in terms of in-depth and investigative reporting) of oil and gas stories thus leading to the media playing an effective watchdog role over Ghana’s Oil and Gas revenues and resources. It involves professional mentoring of journalists, training workshops, field trips, and forums.

STAR-Ghana is a multi- donor pooled funding mechanism (Funded by DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID) to increase the influence of civil society and Parliament in the governance of public goods and service delivery, with the ultimate goal of improving the accountability and responsiveness of Ghana's government, traditional authorities and the private sector. 

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