GH Media School graduated 151 students at its seventh graduation ceremony held in Accra.
The theme of the ceremony was “The Role of Trained Media Professionals in Peaceful Elections”.
Dr Kofi Osei Kusi, Chancellor of GH Media, said the institution focuses on skills development and helping young people acquire skills that will enable them to obtain employment and maximize their potential in life.
The Chancellor said the media were essential during the elections for delivering information to the public and receiving commentary and that it was crucial that they remain impartial, objective, providing a fair hearing and hearing to all competing political parties.
âIf the media is biased, we’re not going to get a full perspective on what’s going on. We need to present full information from political parties so that people can make their decisions. The media have a crucial role in promoting democracy and peace in this country, âhe added.
Mr. Leslie Addo Listowell, the rector of the school, said that while the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the industry, its ability to adapt and make the most of the situation would prove the relevance of the training received from the school.
The rector urged graduates to be vigilant and proactive so that they can seize opportunities as they arise.
However, they must demonstrate responsible behavior and professional ethics in the performance of their duties.
âOur attitude, skills and training model combined with our core values ââof passion, professionalism and progressiveness should always be your hallmark. We believe in your skills and therefore count on you to prove yourself and enhance the GH brand. Become relevant, competitive and proficient in your chosen areas of work, âhe said.
In a speech read on behalf of Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere, the Special Guest of Honor, by Mr. Andrew Edwin Arthur, President of the Ghana Private Newspaper Publishers Association (PRINPAG), he said that the media was the only institution capable of holding all stakeholders, political parties, security agencies and the electoral commission, accountable for their actions and omissions.
He urged media professionals to be cautious in their reporting on election-related issues, to ensure love of the nation above all consideration and to uphold the standards of the journalistic profession so as not to create tension. unnecessary in the country.
“Let us be responsible enough in these critical times, respect the ethics of our profession, and resist all attempts by politicians to influence us so that we carry out their orders in a way that could plunge the entire nation into chaos. I urge media professionals to denounce politicians who want to use the media to foment unrest in the country, regardless of the expected reward, âhe said.
He called on the media to educate both politicians and the public to understand that politics is a contest of ideas that should take place without insults or antagonisms.
Graduates read a two-year diploma program in Journalism and Media Studies, Journalism and Media Arts, Television and Film Production, and Integrated Marketing Communications.
There have been various academic awards, including TV and Radio Presentation, Theater Arts, Journalism and Media Arts, Journalism, and Media Studies.
Some graduates have also received awards as part of special non-academic recognitions such as Best Dressed Students, Well Behaved Students, Most Enterprising Students, Most Promising Students, Most Dedicated Students, Most visionaries and leadership students.
Ms. Gifty Afeke became the top media studies student.