Investigative journalism club launched in UEW

By: Bodza John Edudzi | |Winneba

File photo: Manasseh Azure Awuni

A Ghanaian investigative journalist and the Editor-in-Chief of The Fourth Estate, Manasseh Azure Awuni, has launched an Investigative Journalism club in the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).

The Thursday, March 16, 2023, launch is a fulfilment of a promise made by Mr. Azure when hosted by the Department of Journalism and Media Studies in collaboration with the School of Communication and Media Studies (SCMS), UEW in September 2022.

During the September 1, 2022 engagement, Mr. Azure promised to form an Investigative Journalism Club in the UEW to train students who intend to develop their carer in Investigative Journalism professionally.

Mr. Azure at the launching ceremony mentored students who have the desire, principles and
qualities require to practice the profession.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Azure charged members to possess the qualities and principles of competence, courage and character of honesty, integrity, virtues and values.

He noted that, an investigative reporter must be a little more intelligent, cleaver and able to think on ones feet and plan ahead of time.

He stressed on the need of all investigative reporter to be honest and reject any form of corrupt practices.

He also advised investigative reporters always look at the two sides of every story in their line of duty to ensure fairness and balance.

“A journalist is not a celebrity. The journalist is a teller of truth therefore, if they go out with that mentality, you are likely to be corrupt”, He said.

He further called on students who are ready to acquire the training to resist corrupt behaviours to maintain their integrity in their field of practice adding that, there are good opportunities when one endeavours to practice ethical Investigative journalism.

The Dean for the school of communication and media studies, Prof. Charlotte Fofo Lomotey inaugurated the Investigative Journalism Club (IJC) UEW chapter officially.

She also stressed on the need for members of the club to take note of the three major principles of competence, courage and character the founder spoke about.

However, section of the participants expressed their appreciations to the founder and the university for such an initiative after the launching.


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