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‘Venture into agric, science and technology reporting with CSIR’- Napoleon Ato Kittoe urges journalists

Mr Napoleon Attoe Kittoe sharing lessons on coverage of CSIR stories. Mr Napoleon Attoe Kittoe sharing lessons on coverage of CSIR stories.

Seasoned journalist, Napoleon Ato Kittoe who has done over  seventy exclusive news reports on the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) the past two years, has urged media practitioners to shift their focus to agriculture, science and technology reporting as it has tremendous potential.

He made this appeal when he took his turn to share some methodologies by which science inclined journalists may report accurately, with the possibility of their works becoming veritable reference materials for academic research at the maiden edition of the capacity building workshop under the  ‘ CSIR  knowledge series programme ‘.

 

Mr Ato Kittoe urged the journalists to get their recorders on whenever they were doing science and technology stories adding, that would promote easy reference to cross check their facts properly since scientists are particular about data.

He added that, most of his stories on CSIR were not live reports because of the technicalities that come with reporting on agriculture, science and technology, stressing that he prefers to always record and playback the recordings to check all facts.

Mr Ato Kittoe also urged the journalists to take interest in reading widely and creating suspense to make their reports worth reading and listening to. For people to follow science stories

“I don’t go to assignments and take notes. I only take notes when I have to get my data and names right. I am able to put together my reports because I read widely”, he said.

Ms. Benedicta Nkrumah-Boateng, the Head of Corporate Affairs at CSIR, commended Mr Ato Kittoe for his painstaking stories which have really projected CSIR’s strength in science, technology and agricultural research. ‘The feedback has been phenomenal’, she said.

As part of her presentation, the Head of Corporate Affairs  took participants through six (6) thought provoking  stories the seasoned journalist had done on CSIR-Oil Palm Research Institute (CSIR-OPRI), CSIR-Plant Genetic Resources Institute (CSIR-PGRRI), CSIR-Food Research Institute (CSIR-FRI) and CSIR-Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI) and urged the journalists to join hands with the Council ‘To position CSIR as the reference point for STI content on the media landscape’.

Among the participants at the workshop were the Professor Paul Bosu, the Deputy Director-General of CSIR, Mrs. Genevieve Yankey, the Director of Administration of CSIR, Dr. Kim Choong-Hoe Director of Korean Programme on International Agriculture (KOPIA) and Mr. Donald Gwira, the Communications Advisor for MAG/CSIR.

MAG is a five year initiative to provide financial support and technical assistance in response to the objectives of food and agricultural sector development policies and value chain management issues for increased farmer incomes and enhanced rural livelihoods.

The project focuses on demand-driven research and different methods of extension delivery that facilitate the dissemination of technologies to farm households, farmer-based organisations and out-growers of nucleus farms.

 

Source:  Corporate Affairs Division


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