HOPE CHANNEL TRAINS COMMUNICATORS IN FIELD VIDEO AND NEWS REPORTING
The West-Central Africa Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (WAD) in partnership with Hope Channel International organized a one-week training workshop for Directors and staff of the Communication Department in Accra, Ghana.
The training took place in the Valley View University Campus, Oyibi, from October 8-12, 2018. The GC Hope Channel Director for International Development, Elder Joe Sloan, was the facilitator.
The five-day intensive workshop was aimed at building staff capacity in news and video production, and to train staff to produce programs for Hope Channel Ghana.
Twenty-five participants were from the two Unions in Ghana – the Southern and the Northern Unions. Other participants included three non-ministerial conference workers in the communication department from the Sahel Union Mission in Togo.
The participants were equipped with both the journalistic and technical skills in video news reporting, and are expected to begin sending at least one story from their fields every quarter for broadcast on Hope TV Ghana. This include news stories and reports of life-changing events which has led people to Christ through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The facilitator for the training, Elder Joe Sloan Jnr, Director for International Development of Hope Channel International urged the communicators to emulate the example of Jesus who communicated the message in simple, direct, honest manner to his listeners. He emphasized that only Jesus’ methods will bring success. Elder Sloan called on participants to adopt the Saviour’s techniques to give their audiences complete and balanced reportage. [Play video of Elder Sloan]
Participants completed a SWOT Analysis to identify gaps and opportunities to effective church communication as a first step. This was followed by lessons in journalism, copyright, photography and video. Practical guides for producing news reports, documentaries, and short changed-life stories as well as information on sources of free editing software were also shared.
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Pr. Irineo Koch, Communication Director of the West-Africa Division of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church challenged staff to be professional in every aspect of their work, making sure to cultivate the habit of sharing the good news through their work.
Participants were happy to learn more about the power of the camera to tell the story of humanity in the context of love and sympathy and to try their hands on taking pictures, videos, and editing.
“I think I have been given the basic skills to produce simple report formats for my organization, and that makes me feel empowered and inspired,” said Samuel Allotey.
Participants visited the offices of Hope TV Ghana, located on the premise of the Southern Ghana Union Conference at Osu.