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.