2018 GJA Awards: Beyond Exposing Wrong, Build The National Psyche - Oppong Nkrumah

The Minister for Information Designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has challenged the media to go beyond investigative journalism and also focus on telling stories that inspire Ghanaians and build the National Psyche.

He said although many believe negative stories easily sells, Journalists must also pursue stories that build the national can do spirit.

Oppong Nkrumah was addressing the 23rd Ghana Journalists Association Awards in Accra on Saturday. The ceremony was on the theme “State of Investigative Journalism: Boundaries of Privacy and Borders of the Public Interest”.

He said the “Media’s responsibility goes beyond investigative journalism and exposing nefarious acts. Media responsibility also includes building the national Psyche. You are the ones who determine whether Ghanaians will hear stories that inspire them and challenge them to do better or the ones who determine whether Ghanaians will be subjected to daily doses of societal ills”.

Oppong Nkrumah encouraged the Media to take its responsibility seriously and showcase to Ghanaians “the excellence among us, to inspire others”.

“The reinforcement of positive lessons generates a snowball effect. And gradually we can get more excellence from among us. We are story tellers. Let us not look for the gory story that easily sells. Let us go for find the stories that ought to be told. Let us also make space in pages, within our airtime for the things that build the national can do spirit too” he added.