Department of Communication, MFWA Launch State of the Ghanaian Media Project

The Department of Communication Studies of the University of Ghana in collaboration with the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has launched a State of the Ghanaian Media Project (SGMP) scheduled for completion by the end of 2022.  

The SGMP involves the conduct of a series of research projects with a view to assessing how the Ghanaian media is faring on different indicators and what needs to be done to improve it. Aspects to be covered include working conditions in media, media ownership, safety of journalists and legal/regulatory environment. The project will culminate in the publication of a State of the Ghanaian Media Report and is expected to document evidence on the shifting dynamics underpinning the media industry and media practices in Ghana. It is expected to serve as an important resource instrument for policymakers, development agencies, media regulatory agencies, students, and media studies scholars and teachers.  

According to the head of the Department of Communication Studies, Dr Abena A. Yeboah-Banin, the biennial project forms part of the Unit’s efforts to lead the way in identifying fault lines in Ghana’s media, and proffering solutions to them. According to her, “while Ghana’s media is often hailed as critical to the country’s democratic success, it faces fundamental challenges. However, the absence of evidence on these denies us of any clear successful attempts at addressing them”.  

The maiden edition of the Report is jointly funded by US Embassy Small Grants Programme and the University’s College of Education Research Grant and will be published in the last quarter of 2022.   

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