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Volunteering on a Journalism Internship Placement overseas in Ghana

Journalism - Reading Newspaper

The capital of Ghana, Accra, is a great place to either start or broaden your career in journalism. As the centre of politics and official life in a key democratic West African state, there is always something worth writing about. Most of our Journalism Internship volunteers live and work in the city of Accra which is famous for its lively nights and hectic days.

On our Print Journalism placements you get not only an insider's view of how publications are run, but also the chance to put together an impressive portfolio. Alternatively, a Radio or TV journalism placement offers you the chance to gain broadcasting or production experience.

You will get an insight into the workings of the media in a new cultural and political setting whilst also gaining invaluable work experience which will enhance your CV and increase your prospects within the highly competitive journalism industry.

Print Journalism Placements in Ghana with Projects Abroad

Journalism - Radio Broadcast

Working for a newspaper in Ghana will give you experience of a busy newsroom, the skills to cope with deadlines and exacting editors, and the chance to experience life at the heart of Accra. You will also come home with a unique portfolio and a new understanding of the relationships between media, politics and audience.

Placements are available with a variety of private dailies, including The Statesman, The Chronicle and The Daily Guide. Experienced volunteers might work on one of the Government-owned newspapers such as The Daily Graphic.

Your supervisor will be one of the more experienced journalists at your placement and will help you settle in. Then, armed with a press pass, you are free to research whatever you wish. We advise you to read up on West African life before you arrive so you are fully prepared. This is a great programme for volunteers interested in politics and social issues, and even sports as you may well find yourself at a football match, reporting on the game!

Radio Journalism Placements in Ghana with Projects Abroad

Journalism - TV Set

Choice FM, Radio Peace and Radio Atlantic are just some of the stations where our volunteers have been placed. Some stations offer predominantly talk-based shows, while others focus on community programming, news and music. Take part in a radio journalism placement and you could find yourself on air on your first or second day!

All stations are broadcast to a large audience and are very popular - volunteers have been recognised on the streets of Accra from the sound of their voices! You might help produce a show, read the news, participate in debates and talk-shows, or go out on the streets to ask people for their views on specific topics. One volunteer recently had his own sports programme to present. Be eager and interested and you'll be rewarded with a variety of work and lots of tapes to take home.

"The fantastic thing about the placement at Vibe FM was that I was able to get as much experience as I wanted, which is something that is very hard to do in the UK. I was a Business reporter and the daily bulletin reader, which meant I wasn't just shadowing another journalist; I was a journalist in my own right!"
Sinead Garvan - Journalism volunteer in Ghana

TV Journalism Placements in Ghana with Projects Abroad

Our final type of journalism placement involves working with television stations in Ghana.

The first TV option is with Metro TV, a private, free to air television station based in central Accra. Established in 1997, it is a station specialising in sports news and events. Metro TV has a large viewing audience; during the 2006 football world-cup 11.5 million viewers were recorded.

Your placement supervisor, the Senior Sports Reporter, will ensure that you are able to have first-hand experience of the daily activities of a sports TV station. You will begin the placement with an orientation period after which you will be involved with tasks such as reporting and scripting sports programmes.

Depending on your previous experience and knowledge of sports, there could be the possibility of presenting on live television or appearing as part of a discussion panel. You will also gain experience of producing and editing programmes. Football is by far the most popular sport in Ghana, so a good knowledge of this particular sport is essential.

We can now also accept TV Journalism volunteers at Coastal Television Station in Cape Coast. This is a community television project implemented by the Centre for Intercultural Learning, Talent and Development within the Central Region of Ghana.

The station produces educational programmes about a diverse range of areas including health, the environment, conservation, poverty reduction, career opportunities and motivation, gender issues, education, human rights and democracy. Volunteers can go out into the field to film events and collect footage from within the Central Region before editing and putting together actual programmes back in the office. This project is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to gain practical programme making experience and your own ideas for new programmes will be positively encouraged.

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