Media stakeholders should embrace radio astronomy

By
Maxwell Awumah, GNA Special Correspondent, Grahamstown, South Africa

Grahamstown, South Africa, Aug. 30, GNA – Mr
Steven Lang, a PhD candidate of Science Communication, has called on
stakeholders in policy, training and production of media contents in Africa to
delve into radio astronomy and astrophysics to open the frontiers for science
and technology.  He said the radiance
novelty, being offered by the development of the Square Kilometre Array Radio
Telescope programme, embraced by Ghana, Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius,
Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia, would open the frontiers of science and
technology and needed continental ownership.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an
interview on the sidelines of the Science Journalism Training workshop, a
prelude to the 21st Annual Highway Africa Conference, Mr Lang, at
the Rhodes University, Grahamstown, said science journalists in Africa were
better placed to tell their own narratives than outsiders.

The programme is hosted by the Highway Africa
in partnership with Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies
and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The conference, the largest assembly of
African journalists, would help the debate on the interface of journalism,
media and information and communication technology for development.

Mr Lang said the Square Kilometre Array Radio
Telescope project in Africa, which would be the largest investment in the 21st
Century, is expected to broaden the frontiers of science and technology.

“Astronomy and astrophysics must be an area to
receive media attention and specialisation,” he added.

He, therefore, entreated editors to look
beyond political, business, sports and advertisement space and embrace science
reporting as core of news production and refrain from placing such stories in
obscure positions.

Mr Lang noted that health stories that
bordered on public health issues topped news stories generally patronised by
editors but…

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