A network of online news leaders in Ghana has been formed to promoting quality journalism and maintaining high ethical standards that govern online news network.
The aim was to enable editors improving the quality of journalism using new digital technologies.
The network’s formation is the outcome of a unanimous agreement of 20 online news editors who were present at the one-day “Strategic Briefing for Newsroom Online Editors,” organised by Penplusbytes at its New Media Hub in Accra.
These editors have resolved to create a unified platform to connect, inspire and share ideas to define the future of online Journalism in Ghana.
Members of the platform have set in motion a campaign to curb the abuse of ethics and dedicate themselves liaising with the Ghana Journalist Association to streamline the conduct of online Editors and also with Journalism Schools to put online journalism ethics at the centre of their curriculum.
During the programme, a Web Communications expert, Mr. Charles Ayiku, called on Editors to prioritize credibility in online content delivery without which their audience cannot trust news from their respective online news outlets.
He also called on them to desist from slanderous practices that will attract libel or the risk of being sued.
The group of online Editors has elected Isaac Yeboah of Graphic Communication as its interim Chairman with Charity Tetteh-Roberts of Radio XYZ the vice-chair. The group will formally be inaugurated in April, 2015.
Mr. Isaac Yeboah in a short address, condemned the habit of disregarding sound ethical considerations by some online news portals all in the name of the “We broke it first” syndrome, and called on editors not to throw caution to the wind and disregarding professional ethics.
The online editors were drawn from Daily Graphic, Spy Ghana, Citi FM, Ghana News Agency, Daily Guide, TV3, Starr FM, Radio XYZ, Metro TV, Inform Ghana, Ghanaian Chronicle, Modern Ghana, Spy News Agency and, Business and Financial Times.