The Minister-Counsellor at the US Embassy in Accra, Daniel Fennell, has pledged the US Embassy’s commitment to deepen the relations with the New Times Corporation (NTC) and help build the capacity of the reporters of the corporation in the US.
He said not only would the training abroad equip reporters with the skills to write informed stories, which could compete on the global media market, to accelerate the development of the country, but also give them international exposure.
Mr Fennell disclosed this in Accra on Thursday, when he paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director (MD) of the NTC, Ms Carol Annang, and also to commiserate with the corporation over the death of Mr. Samuel Nuamah, Ghanaian Times the Presidential Correspondent, in a motor accident when the press corps was returning from an official assignment at Ho.
Accompanied by Sara Veldhuizen Stealy, the Press Attache, Mrs Zanab Mahama, Mrs Joyce Asiedu and Kwabena Akuamoah-Boamah, all from the Public Affairs Department, the councellor used the opportunity to sign the book of condolence which had been opened in memory of the deceased.
Mr Fennell said the aim of the US Embassy was to support the media, build and train reporters to protect the country’s nascent democracy, saying “the intention of the US Embassy is to build a robust and professional journalists for a strong media”.
He said the Embassy would deepen the already cordial partnership between the Embassy and the NTC and also provide information which would enhance the work of reporters of the corporation.
He entreated reporters of the corporation not to base their stories on the US on hearsay, but to contact the embassy to verify the information they put out on the US and stressed that his outfit would not hesitate to provide reporters of the NTC information concerning the Embassy and the US.
He commended the NTC for its objective reportage, saying the corporation continued to educate Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians alike about the rich and diverse culture of the country.
Ms Stealy, who presented a book on President Barrack Obama to the MD of NTC, said she was looking forward to a good working relationship with the corporation.
The MD of NTC, Ms Annang, welcoming the delegation, commended the US Embassy for its intention to help train the reporters of the corporation.
She said, the managerial staff would need training on current practices as well as issues relating to international businesses.
On the death of Nuamah, Ms Annang said it was a big blow to the corporation and the media fraternity in general.
She said an Educational Endowment Fund had been set up to raise money to cater for the two-half-year old son of the late Nuamah and called for support from organisations, public spirited individuals and philanthropists.
Present at the meeting were other management staff of the Corporation, such as Dave Agbenu, the Editor of the Ghanaian Times, Mrs Tina Aforo-Yeboah, Editor of the Spectator, Martin Adu, the Human Resource and Administrative Manager, Douglas Kissi Asiamah, the Internal Auditor and John Lawson, Technical Services Manager, she explained that all the staff of the Corporation and not only reporters needed training to build their capacity, saying the technical staff would also need exposure outside to learn about the best printing technology of the US.
By Kingsley Asare