Ghana: Promoting Free and Fair Election Coverage
Knight International enabled journalists in Ghana to generate balanced reports on their country's 2008 presidential election. Knight Fellow Alison Bethel produced a first-of-its-kind election handbook that journalists used to focus on important issues and avoid stories that fuel partisan strife. The handbook was widely distributed to journalists throughout the capital. Ghana's peaceful election set a new milestone for democracy in Africa, thanks in part to the improved election coverage.
Knight Fellow Alison Bethel's election guide led to more balanced reporting on the issues and candidates.
Electoral Commission credited violence-free elections in part to pre-vote training of journalists and the publication of “Free and Fair: A Journalist’s Guide to Improved Election Reporting in Ghana.”
Coached political reporters at the Daily Dispatch, Ghana's leading daily, to produce a series on campaign issues that affect the lives of Ghanaian citizens.
Spurred a redesign of the newspaper to provide better context and analysis in election stories.