Students from Blue Crest
College in Accra visited the New Times Corporation, publishers of the Ghanaian Times and The Spectator newspapers on Tuesday to learn about newspaper
The visit was to afford
the students the opportunity to establish a link between academic work and field
practicals to prepare them for the job market.
They visited the Ghanaian Times and The Spectator newsrooms, the computer room and other departments
that are involved in newspaper production.
Addressing the students,
the News Editor of Ghanaian Times, Mr
Matthew Ayinne Ayoo briefed the students about the history of the corporation
and took them through the stages of news gathering and production process.
According to him, the
corporation was established in 1958 by the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo
Dr Kwame Nkrumah as a media house to inform, educate and promote development of
Mr Ayoo educated the
students on the criteria for selecting a news story and the house style of the
state owned print media which made it the most authoritative newspaper in the
Responding to questions
on how the corporation gathers information, he explained that the corporation
had correspondents in 10 regions of the country who filed stories from their respective
locations about events, to the newsroom in Accra where production was done.
Mr Ayoo added that
although the online media was a challenge to the newspaper industry, the
ability to keep a copy of a newspaper as reference at the library was to the
advantage of the newspaper industry.
He advised students to
have passion for the job so they could transform their respective societies
through their reportage.
The students commended the staff and management of the corporation for their commitment
BY ABEDUWAA LUCY APPIAH .
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