Knight International Journalism Fellowships

Ghana: Tackle Poverty, Engage Citizens with a New Health Radio Show


Knight Fellow Sylvia Vollenhoven is interviewed on Joy FM about her mission to improve coverage of poverty-related issues.

Sylvia Vollenhoven created a weekly radio show that has transformed coverage of social issues and poverty in Ghana. On the popular “Hotline” show, Joy FM, the country’s top English language station, reporters have produced NPR-quality documentaries on topics ranging from the plight of illegal miners and the threat of erosion on fishing villages to the consequences of chronic flooding that kills dozens and leaves thousands homeless every year.

“Hotline” stories are featured on the station’s website and also aired on Joy FM’s five sister stations across the country, further increasing their reach. Listeners also can weigh in on these issues through telephone, Internet and SMS chats. Joy FM’s station managers formally launched the show this year to great fanfare—with at least two national advertisers on board.

After establishing "Hotline", Vollenhoven began building a national network of development reporters. She trained and mentored nearly 20 regional print and radio journalists in the production of in-depth features on social issues such as declining fish stocks that threaten Ghana’s food supply.

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  • In Ghana, Knight International will enable journalists to monitor programs designed to alleviate poverty in the country's rural areas. Knight Fellow Sylvia Vollenhoven will develop a network of professional and citizen journalists, who will communicate with each other via mobile technology, in an effort to increase coverage of issues such as microfinance and rural education and sanitation. The goal: to draw greater attention to these topics and spur effective public policies.

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  • Knight Fellow Sylvia Vollenhoven is interviewed on Joy FM about her mission to improve coverage of poverty-related issues.

    10/13/2010