US Press Attach Visits DAILY GUIDE

From left: AR Gomda, Sara Veldhuizen Stealy, Gina Blay, Joyce Okyere Asiedu and Fortune Alimi

Sara Veldhuizen Stealy, the new US Embassy Press Attaché in Ghana, yesterday, engaged the Chief Executive Officer of Western Publications Limited and other staff of the DAILY GUIDE in a chat intended to formally introduce her to media players in the country.

Sara was accompanied on the visit by Joyce Okyere Asiedu, Information Assistant at the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy, who said DAILY GUIDE was one of the first in the programme lineup for the new official.

The visit, Sara said, was also intended to express gratitude to the newspaper for its continuous coverage of US affairs and to engage with the faces behind the production of one of Ghana’s principal newspapers.

She learnt a lot about the production of the newspaper through questions she posed and which were answered by both the CEO and her supporting staff during the engagement.

She promised to send the suggestions which came during the engagement to the Embassy for consideration; most of them intended to give more access to the American political terrain.

In her welcome remarks, Gina Blay, CEO, expressed delight that the DAILY GUIDE had been included in the list of newspapers worthy of such a visit and promised to continue to be supportive of the activities of the embassy.

She narrated the challenges currently impacting negatively on the economic sustainability of the newspaper industry – a situation which is compelling managements to consider unsavoury options.

As CEO of Western Publications Limited, publishers of DAILY GUIDE and president of the Private Newspaper Publishers’ Association of Ghana (PRINPAG), Gina Blay spoke from a position of varied knowledge about the newspaper industry which her host appeared to relish immeasurably.

Gina lamented the effect newspaper review segment of radio stations was having on sales, hinting that it is a source of concern to proprietors.

Fortune Alimi, Editor, DAILY GUIDE, sought training opportunities for Ghanaian journalists which he added, would go a long way in improving their reporting and writing skills.

The Chief News Editor, AR Gomda, pointed at the opportunities offered American journalism students at the DAILY GUIDE over the years and wished similar chances could come the way of their Ghanaian counterparts.

Halifax Ansah Addo, Editor in-charge of NEWS ONE, requested the Press Attache to boost the cultural ties between the two countries. He asked that the US replicates what other countries do in the realm of activities such as film festivals and the like so Ghanaians can learn and appreciate more about the American experience.

By A.R. Gomda

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