Name: Bernice Agyekwena
Organisation: Rural Media Network
Role: Communications Manager
I am a Ghanaian journalist who has worked predominantly with the print media for several years. I first started my career after obtaining a diploma in journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism and joined the Ghana News Agency as a reporter after a two year mandatory National Service with the agency. Between 1991 and 2001, I rose from the rank of a reporter to a senior reporter and a chief reporter. I covered a wide range of issues including court proceedings, political actvities and elections, issues on health, agriculture and human rights, among several others. After furthering my education from the year 2002 to 2004, I decided to resign from the Ghana News Agency and worked as a freelance reporter for two years before I joined the Rural Media Network, a development journalism and advocacy Non-governmental Organsation in the Northern Region of Ghana. Since then, my news articles have focussed mainly on development issues, human rights, the environment and climate change, ntural resources and agriculture. As a freelance journalist, I conducted an impact assessment and wrote articles on interventions instituted by UNICEF to help flood victims in the wake of the 2007 floods in some parts of Ghana which washed away homes, farm produce and destroyed water sources such as boreholes, leaving a lot of people without food and potable water. I have also conducted studies on the impact of simple energy devices such as multifunctional platforms on the livelihoods of rural communities. Rural Media Network, with whom I now work, has also been involved in the organisation of workshops for fellow media practitioners and school children and in the production of documentaries on various development issues in Ghana.