Journalism Volunteer Projects in Ghana
- Placement location: Accra
- Placement Types:Print, Radio, Broadcasting
- Role: To gain first-hand experience at the heart of a Ghanaian newspaper, TV or radio station.
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
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.
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 Television 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.
English is the main language used in the Ghanaian media, and although non-native English speakers are welcome on this project, volunteers should be fluent in spoken and written English.
Print Journalism Placements in Ghana with Projects Abroad
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 for experienced volunteers are available with Ghana’s two leading dailies – The Mirror and The Daily Graphic. Both are Government owned but the press in Ghana enjoys a substantial amount of freedom and limited restrictions.
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 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
Live FM, Radio XYZ 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. Radio XYZ has a specific interest in radio documentaries. 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 footage to take home.
"The fantastic thing about the placement at Live 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!"
Journalism volunteer in Ghana
Television 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 with a particular focus on sports news and events with a large viewing audience.
Your placement supervisor at Metro TV, the senior news reporter, will ensure that you gain first-hand experience of the daily activities of a TV station. You will begin the placement with an orientation period after which you will be involved with tasks such as reporting and scripting news programmes. You will have the opportunity to work in various departments, such as sport, entertainment and business.
Depending on your previous experience and knowledge of broadcast journalism, 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.
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 at the station. 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.