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Journalist urged to develop leadership assertiveness skills

By Philip
Tengzu, GNA

Wa, July 13, GNA – Mr Abu Kuntulo, an expert
in labour relations, has called on journalists and media practitioners to be
assertive and professional in their line of duty.

He said as partners in development, actors
within the realm of the fourth estate, ought to develop their leadership skills
in order to help them contribute effectively to the development of the nation.

Mr Kuntulo said this during a capacity
building workshop for journalists and media practitioners in the Upper West
Region held to bring them together for networking purposes and to share ideas
on leadership development.

He said “assertive leadership skills includes
respect for oneself and allows one to express his or her thoughts, feelings or
beliefs in an open, direct, honest and in an appropriate manner”.

Mr Kuntulo also expressed unhappiness with the
poor and unfair treatment meted out to some journalists in their line of duty
saying this was a result of the poor relationship between the media and the
labour front.

He urged the media actors to relate cordially
with the labour unions in the region to ensure a safe working environment.

The poor relationship between the media and
labour has contributed to the recent industrial unrest in the country.

Mr Bajin D. Pobia, the Upper West Regional
Chairman of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), expressed unhappiness with
the influx of unqualified media practitioners operating in the region saying
this has partly resulted in the falling standards in the practice of
journalism.

Mr Pobia urged owners of media houses to
invest in recruiting and training of their staff to help minimise
unprofessionalism in the industry.

He said there is the need for the National
Media Policy to be reviewed to help redefine the specific categories of people
who are qualified to work in the media industry.

“The National Media Policy has opened the door
so wide for all manners of people to come into the media landscape but has
failed to specify who qualifies to work in the media.

“This has created a problem for the media
industry and there is the need for the framers of the policy to have a second
look at it to bring sanity to the media landscape”, the GJA Chairman said.

Mr Bajin said the GJA code of ethics has
stated clearly the need for journalist to refuse offers that can influence
their activities as professionals in the service we render to the society.

He said the GJA code of ethics, states that a
journalist should not accept a bribe or any form of inducement to influence the
performance of his or her professional duties”.

Mr Bajin urged all media practitioners to
jealously guard their integrity, reputation and credibility.

Managers of media houses in the Wa
Municipality, members of labour unions, journalists as well as media
practitioner attended the workshop which was jointly organised by the Kuntulo
Labour Consult and Radio Waa under the theme: “Media Relations and Solidarity”.

GNA

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