Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong

Co-founder
iWatch Africa
Ghana

Gideon Sarpong is a media practitioner with over six years experience in data, investigative and policy journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program), Commonwealth Youth Program (DYLP) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast and PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is a firm believer in the use of data journalism and technology for development and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in Africa.

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Gideon Sarpong
(G. K. Sarpong)
NA/TT 0669 Ngleshie Amanfrom-Accra
+233 54 334 2677 | gideon.sarpong@gmail.com |
Work: gideonsarpong@iwatchafrica.org


Objective
I am a policy analyst and data journalist committed to serving Africa by promoting transparency and accountability.

Education
University of Cape Coast Cape Coast
Bachelor of Education Social Sciences
Economics and Management 2011

University of Zambia, Commonwealth Secretariat
PGDip: Policy Journalism and Media Studies 2013

Fellowships
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Data for Health Fellowship, Cape Town- South Africa 2018

Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wealth of Nations Program, (ACME), Uganda 2017

US Department of State
President Obama’s Special Initiative for Young African Leaders (YALI)
Lagos-Nigeria 2016

Commonwealth Youth Program
Developing Young Leaders Program (DYLP), Zambia 2014


RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
iWatch Africa Accra
Policy and News Content Director 2015-Present
• Develop quarterly news content strategy for correspondents across Ghana.

• Design and publish reports, infographics and short videos highlighting important quarterly findings in focus areas; health, education, job creation, and government expenditure.

• Review and publish all reports submitted by correspondents.

• Develop and design project and policy focus and media campaigns for iWatch Africa.

• Conduct strategic planning workshops to assess key objectives, stakeholder conferences and perform critical progress analysis.

• Review all financial reports produced by Government of Ghana and conduct evidence based value-for-money analysis of financial commitments.

• Produce assessment videos and data reports on government expenditure and commitments.

• Meet with editing, marketing and design teams to plan and develop site content, style and appearance of our online platforms.
• Conduct training workshops for field staff.
See: (http://iwatchafrica.org )

Digital Guide Media Ltd Accra
Editor/ Business Writer 2013-2016
• Published periodic Pan-African business related articles.
• Prepared and edited articles to improve readability.
• Read copy articles to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
• Developed content plan of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.
• Verified facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
• Reviewed proofs submitted by composing room prior to publication production.
• Consulted with writers on any issue of content or style that might influence the quality of a work and its acceptability to a diverse clientele drawn mainly from developing economies.
• Assisted team members in revising/editing/proofreading their written articles


Viasat1 Ghana (Kwese TV) Accra
Website Editor / Content Creator / Production Assistant 2013 – 2016


OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

News Contributor/Editor April, 2015 - Currently
News Ghana, Modern Ghana,
3News, WakeUp Africa 360, Raw Africa
Ghana News Online


Skills

Development of creative campaigns, policy briefs, writing press releases, social media community management, multimedia skills in Adobe Audition, Canva, Splice, Tableau Public, excellent written communication skills, blogger and public speaker




Volunteer Roles 2015- 2017
Editor United Nations Economic Commission
For Africa

Head of Media Relations YALI RLC WA-Lagos












References
Nana Boakye-Yiadom
Deputy News Director
Citi FM
Contact Details: +233 244 37 1745, +44786 4716 058
Email: boakyeyiadomn@gmail.com

Moro Seidu
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
iWatch Africa
Contact Details: +233 56 052 0654
Email: gentlemoro@gmail.com

Kwabena Twum
Managing Director
Digital Guide Media Ltd
Contact Details: +233 24 397 3965, +233 50 393 0366
Email: info@therawafrica.com, rawafrica233@gmail.com