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Report reveals shockingly low salaries of journalists in Ghana impacting quality of news

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Low salaries for journalists in Ghana have been identified as a major hindrance to the quality of stories produced. This was revealed in “The State of the Ghanaian Media Report 2023,” launched by the Department of Communication Studies, University of Ghana. The report aimed to determine the financial viability of media organizations in Ghana, as well as the safety and working conditions of media practitioners.

Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, a former Dean of the School of Information and Communication Studies, who presented the report, charged media owners and managers to improve the working conditions of their staff. She stated that “salaries are woefully low, shockingly low…considering that media work is formal work, and you don’t expect formal work to be so precarious.”

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The report found that the poor recruitment process, which lacked transparency, was a major reason for the poor remuneration of media practitioners in the country. The research found that how you came into the industry determined your conditions of service. Most media organizations were under severe financial stress, and at best, they were breaking even.

In terms of safety of journalists, there was a growing sense of insecurity among journalists in the country. Attacks were mostly perpetrated by state actors, political appointees, the police, and national security, with male journalists being more at risk of physical attacks.

To safeguard the wellbeing and security of journalists, Professor Gadzekpo recommended the establishment of regulatory frameworks. She also called on institutions responsible for frequency authorization to de-politicize them to make them more transparent.

The report would enable policy makers, media owners, managers, and journalists to undertake measures to improve the media profession in Ghana. It is important to note that journalists play a crucial role in promoting democracy, and it is crucial that they are adequately remunerated and provided with safe working conditions to ensure that they continue to deliver quality stories.

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