Migrating out of Poverty Media Training Workshop: Ghana

Migrating out of Poverty's Ghanaian partner, the Centre for Migration Studies (CMS), organised a 3-day training workshop 2-4 September 2014 in Accra for media professionals from across Ghana to discuss the communication of the latest migration research.

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  1. Migrating out of Poverty's Ghanaian partner, the Centre for Migration Studies (CMS), organised a 3-day training workshop 2-4 September 2014 in Accra for media professionals from across Ghana to discuss the communication of the latest migration research.
  2. 16 professional journalists from Ghana's print and broadcast media - including several award-winners - attended the Migrating out of Poverty media training workshop held in Yiri Lodge, on the campus of the University of Ghana. They participated in sessions led by senior lecturers from the university's Centre for Migration Studies, policy makers, and peer learning groups.
  3. The main aims of the workshop included: to broaden and deepen journalists' understanding of migration to enable them appreciate the positive aspects of migration, including migration’s potential for economic development and poverty reduction. It was hoped that the training would support them to report migration stories in a nuanced way; sensitise them to the range of perspectives; and strengthen the relationship between the media and the Migrating out of Poverty programme, leading to enhanced engagement and effectiveness in disseminating related research throughout Ghana and West Africa.
  4. Migrating out of Poverty CEO, Professor Alan Winters, could not attend but Research Uptake Manager, Angela Haynes, read his address which emphasised the importance of the media in getting Migrating out of Poverty research into the public domain and taken notice of by policy makers. He underscored the Consortium's desire to foster a closer relationship between the Migrating out of Poverty programme and the media in all regions where the programme is active. 
  5. Professor Mariama Awumbila, Director of the Migrating out of Poverty team in West Africa, outlined their work, outputs and plans in the region.
  6. Professor Kwame Karikari, Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, facilitated the workshop. He shared his 40+ years of experience in media practice, training, research and publication in Ghana and the rest of Africa with the participating journalists.
  7. The Question and Answer session was chaired by CMS Director Dr Delali Badasu. Points were raised by the Ghana Refuge Board, the Ministry of Education, UN University and Ghana Statistical service:
  8. In addition to learning about migration research, the journalists also reported on it, rushing to file stories for their editors throughout the event. The opening session of the workshop was covered by national television station GTV and by TV Africa. It was broadcast in full on the first evening of the workshop and repeated on the following day. Radio journalists also recorded soundbites and interviews for later broadcast.
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