In order to ensure online editors are kept abreast with global trends and new development in the online ecosystem, Penplusbytes, will on Wednesday, 4th of February, 2015 hold a Strategic briefing for selected newsroom online editors drawn from media houses in Ghana at Penplusbytes’ New Media Hub, Osu, Ako-Adjei, Accra.
The online editors strategic briefing is designed to focus on trends and new developments in online news environment in order for newsrooms to boost their effectiveness and efficiency as they strive to meet growing online audience with sophisticated 24/7 news needs.
Most newsrooms in Ghana now have an online presence with some media houses having full-fledged online news department. This, coupled with a few exclusive online news outlets are creating a wave of opportunities for online news delivery to becoming more influential in serving growing online news demand needs of not only Ghanaians living in-country, but also the global news market place which includes a lot of Ghanaians living abroad.
According to Yaw Frempong Ampomah, Programme’s Coordinator, “People are increasingly accessing news on the go and like every rational consumer, the choice of patronage is largely affected by how much quality there is to find on any particular online news portal. Meaning, the need for online editors to provide high quality news is critical to the survival of their online news outlet.”
Users are increasingly hungry for “always on news” via online, social media, mobile and other internet enabled devices. However, most online news outlets in Ghana though providing news to meeting growing demand are struggling to stay abreast with new technologies, digital story telling trends and how to make money online. Therefore, Penplusbytes New Media Hub’s one day strategic briefing for online editors will go a long way to assist online editors to stay ahead of the curve.
Jerome Kuseh, Editor of Inform Ghana said “I look forward to participating in Penplusbytes New Media Hub strategic briefing for online editors and I expect to reap from the rich experience of Penplusbytes with their reputation in imparting new media skills. Also I believe the event presents a unique opportunity to interact and network with other online editors in Ghana while sharing my experiences with them as well. Hopefully, we can all learn new and innovative ways to improving our online reporting,”
This online editors strategic meeting is the first of its kind in the country and has one of its goals to enhance the capacity of participants to match up to the growing status of online Journalism as a mainstay.
Penplusbytes is a leading organization in Africa, established in 2001 and working in 3 areas: the use of technology to drive governance and accountability, new media and innovations as well as oil, gas and mining.