A Candidate in the race for the Presidency of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr. Gayheart Mensah has promised to prioritize professional development and continuous capacity building for journalists if he is elected as president.
He made this known at a meeting with members of the GJA from the Volta Region at Ho where he had visited as part of his campaign tour.
Mr. Mensah’s campaign is under the slogan, #POWER-UP.
He pointed out that technological advancement and emerging trends in media make it imperative for journalists to constantly to update the approach to their vocation.
“While constantly learning in order to keep pace with the trends and advances that are impacting the practice of journalism, we must also consider the innovations and ways of working that can stand the professional practice of journalism out, particularly in these days of citizen journalism”, he said.
He also pledged to explore all viable avenues of partnership and funding to support the rollout of an intensive and extensive capacity-building program for both current and potential members of the GJA.
The leading candidate in the race opined that the GJA should offer a comprehensive and attractive set of benefits to its members, one of which ought to be professional development. “This is one way to mitigate the apathy and lack of interest in the activities of the GJA”.
Mr. Mensah reiterated his promise to better organize the GJA and get journalists more heard in national issues. Also, he said, his administration will introduce welfare initiatives for the betterment of journalists.
Gayheart Mensah, a media consultant, is in the race together with Mr. Dave Agbenu, Editor of the Ghanaian Times newspaper and Albert Kwabena Dwumfuor of the Atinka Media Village.