GhanaWeb is a news website. It provides breaking news, local and international news, politics, sports, and business in Ghana with the aim of providing up-to-date information to the Ghanaian public.
This news website was launched by GhanaWeb B.V., a privately-owned Dutch company in 1999, and ever since it’s been known as the best online news portal that only gives original and authentic news.
GhanaWeb is part of the AfricaWeb Holding group. It has grown over the years to include video content (GhanaWeb TV) and social media components as well as a mobile app (GhanaWeb Reporter).
Ghanaweb was launched on January 1, 1999, as an amalgamation with GhanaHomePage. In 2020, it won the first Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge for its GhanaWeb Reporter project which will soon be officially launched.
About GhanaWeb Reporter
GhanaWeb Reporter is Ghana’s first digital platform dedicated to democratizing journalism and supporting content creators to make a living. A distinctive feature of the GhanaWeb App, the Reporter aims to empower niche journalists and bloggers to reach a larger audience with their relevant content and make money through GhanaWeb’s innovative advertising tools.
The Ghanaweb app was launched in 2020, and the aim of the Reporter is to allow direct sharing of articles, videos, audios, photos, and social media posts with captions to automatically create user pages with customized URLs on GhanaWeb. The content is screened and published on the dedicated pages and on the Wall section of the most visited website in Ghana.
Content creators, citizen journalists, celebrities, and influencers are granted access to specialized blogs that will help them generate revenue through self-service advertisement spaces. Those with high traffic can make money from revenue sharing of programmatic advertising sold on their blogs.
GhanaWeb Reporter is a gamechanger in Ghana and Africa that would give millions of audiences direct access to community news produced by citizen journalists and content creators who have the ability to track page views and earnings directly from the App. The audience can also engage with content creators by sending them direct messages and commenting on their content via the Reporter platform.
In 2020, the GhanaWeb Reporter won the GNI Innovation Challenges award by the Google News Initiative (GNI) as part of Google’s commitment to helping journalism thrive in the digital age and to see news innovators step forward with new thinking.
To explore the GhanaWeb Reporter, download the GhanaWeb App for free from the Google Play Store and App Store.
Benefits of Ghanaweb reporter
The Ghanaweb reporter project aims to empower niche journalists and bloggers to reach a larger audience with their relevant content and make money through GhanaWeb’s innovative advertising tools.
However, the platform is accessible to the general public, bloggers, and citizen journalists as well as celebrities and influencers who can share content onto their dedicated pages by uploading through the Reporter on the GhanaWeb App.
Another significant feature of the GhanaWeb Reporter is the ability to share content and posts directly from social networking sites to the Reporter.
According to the Editor-in-Chief of AfricaWeb, Ismail Akwei,
“We want people to have niche content; we want to promote journalism especially citizen journalism. With the Reporter, you can use it from anywhere in Ghana if you can write and you are concerned about the issues that are happening in your region. You can start by shooting videos, recording audios, taking photos and then publishing them via the Reporter.
“You don’t need to call anyone at GhanaWeb or look for somebody who might say ‘can you pay me some money to link you to them and get your content online.’ After you take the picture of what you’ve seen or don’t like, you just have to share it through the Reporter. It will appear on your personal page and then GhanaWeb will also promote that page for you for a lot of people to see your content,”
“You may have a YouTube video or Facebook post that you want to share with your audience on GhanaWeb. All you have to do is to hit the share button on the post on YouTube or Facebook and then select the GhanaWeb Reporter. This will share the post onto your personal page after it is screened.”
He concluded that the GhanaWeb Reporter is a gamechanger in Ghana and Africa that would give millions of audiences direct access to community news produced by citizen journalists and content creators who would have the ability to track pageviews and earnings directly from the App. The audience can also engage with content creators by sending them direct messages and commenting on their content via the same platform.
“This is the way to bring digital publishing to the forefront in Ghana to put back the power in the hands of bloggers, in the hands of citizen journalists, in the hands of individuals who feel they have a lot of things to say; individuals who feel it’s time to have their voices heard. With GhanaWeb, you would have about 4 million people following and consuming your content if your content has a lot of interesting angles and interesting things out there that you could share with people. This is what the GhanaWeb Reporter is all about,” he elaborated.
Ghanaweb can be accessed via the link here