Friday, May 23, 2014

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Penplusbytes Trains Journalists In Oil And Gas

Media personnel have been urged to move away from just covering organized programmes and events to doing critical research and investigations into issues that affect people. This is to ensure that the public and society are well informed into taking the right actions.

Addressing media participants at an ongoing oil and gas training workshop, Mr Fred Avornyo, Media Consultant with Penplusbytes, said journalists needed to cultivate the right sources who would give out the right information needed to build the country.

The six-day training workshop is being organized by International Institute for ICT Journalism (Penplusbytes) with support from Star Ghana

The workshop aims at building the skills and capacity of journalists, from the various regions across the country, in reporting on oil and gas issues.

It is part of Penplusbytes' continuous capacity building programme to equip Ghanaian journalists with the requisite skills and knowledge to better report on the growing significance of the oil and gas sector.   

Mr Avornyo urged journalists to take the opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge for their future work and to enable them to speak to the issues.

He said the training will deepen the understanding of journalists on key issues in the sector such as Laws and Contracts, policies and trends, and the value chain.

He said the challenge facing Ghana is how to develop and manage the oil resources well.

He said due to "societal pressures and structure of our system, politicians are tempted to mismanage funds and it is the duty of the media to expose such politicians by throwing the searchlight on them. Corrupt politicians and officials who misuse oil funds should be jailed."

Mr Avornyo urged journalists to focus on the management of the resources to be able to put politicians on their toes.

Mrs Mildred Siabi-Mensah, a reporter of Ghana News Agency, who is among the participants, said the training would afford them the opportunity to understand issues concerning oil better and to enhance their reportage.

The workshop consists of classroom lectures and a field trip to the Western region.         

Among the key speakers were, Mr Emmanuel Kuyole, Africa Regional Coordinator for Revenue Watch, Professor Kwaku Appiah-Adu, Vice Dean, Central Business School, Central University College, and Mr Mohammed Amin, Executive Director for Africa Centre for Energy.
Source: GNA

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Monday, May 19, 2014

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Penplusbytes tutors parliamentary committee in digital technologies

Members of the parliamentary select committee on Government Assurances have benefitted from an orientation programme on using new digital tools to engage with the Ghanaian public.
Facilitated by Penplusbytes, otherwise called the International Institute for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Journalism, and supported by STAR-Ghana, the orientation formed part of the implementation process of the novel project, "Providing Effective Feedback for Parliamentary Work through new digital technologies" designed to enhance parliament's oversight role of holding government to account through evidence based information.

The project incorporates feedback provided by citizens using technology platforms on selected assurances and promises made by government, and will be launched by the Speaker of Parliament on May, 15, 2014 in Takoradi. 

The programme which took place at Dodowa in the Greater Accra region, had members of the GAC taken through the latest addition to the multiplicity of the cutting edge technological tools and equipment including mobile applications and SMS that enhance citizens' engagement. 

GAC Members were shown how online platforms could collate and aggregate citizens' feedback on specific stages of implementation of government promises and assurances especially in the health and education sectors in various parts of the country.

"The broad aim of this project is to ensure a lasting participatory democracy by continually empowering the public through new media tools and technology to access relevant information concerning government activities, deepen awareness on government assurances, easily engage with political actors and also make meaningful inputs into the political system," Kwami Ahiabenu II, President of Penplusbytes said.

The 14-month long project which began in November 2013, is intended to provide easy and accessible information on government assurances, create citizen awareness on selected government assurances through forums, public sittings and media engagement as well as provide a platform for citizen based advocacy on service delivery projects to ensure government delivers on its mandate for the benefit of citizens and Ghana as a whole.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

"Call for Applications, Journalists and Writers Foundation, Peace Projects Funding (open to applicants worldwide) of up to $50,000"

Applications are Open for the Second Term

After a very successful first year, we are happy to announce that applications for second term of Peace Projects Grant Program is open again.

Acknowledging the critical importance of supporting peacebuilding and conflict resolution initiatives, JWF is soliciting creative and innovative projects that aim to prevent and constructively respond to conflicts around the world.

Funding Your Projects!

Peace Projects will provide funds for projects up to US$50,000.

Who can Apply?

Non-profit organizations and individuals (including but not limited to academicians, activists, artists, community organizers, educators, filmmakers, journalists, scholars, social workers, and students) from all nationalities are eligible to apply.

Which Projects are Eligible?

Peace Projects will award projects from a broad range of disciplines, skills and approaches promoting peaceful coexistence and peacebuilding. Some of the possible themes include:

  • Inter-communal and inter-state dialogue/cooperation

  • Peace education

  • Pluralism and multiculturalism

  • Youth, conflict and peacebuilding

  • Early warning and conflict prevention

  • Mediation and negotiation

  • Post-conflict reconciliation

  • Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration

  • Good governance, rule of law and transitional justice

  • Poverty reduction, development and peacebuilding

  • Gender equality and empowerment.

Exhibition of Completed Projects

Posters of completed projects will be exhibited and evaluated by a jury at the Award Ceremony.

Best Implementation Award

The most successfully implemented projects will receive additional rewards of up to US$30,000.  

Please refer to the Request for Proposals  document for details.
The deadline for project proposals is September 30, 2014!
Please visit  for more details.

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Friday, May 09, 2014

KENYA : Call for data journalism training applicants

If one of your career goals is to grow in your journalism and tell unique and impactful stories then sign –up for Internews in Kenya one-week data journalism workshop.

The workshop, that will be held from May 26 to May 30, in Nairobi, is open to journalists working for media outlets in Kenya.

The open data movement has made vast amounts of data and information available around the world. However, journalists are yet to maximize the use of the data to tell investigative and compelling stories because they are not skilled at sourcing and analyzing it.

After the training journalists will receive further mentoring to write good data journalism proposals . Based on the proposals they will be provided with travel grants that will enable them  identify and capture human voices to go with the data.

Enroll by sending your CV and two copies of health features done within the last six months to 

Application deadline, May 13, 2014.

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