Jefferson Massah is a reporter in our Thomson Reuters/New Narratives Oil Reporting program. He is the Head of Programs and Training at Radio Gbarnga in Liberia’s second biggest city. Jefferson has spent more than 10 years in radio management and training, particularly in the community radio sector. He joined Radio Gbarnga as a news editor in 2004.
At Radio Gbarnga Jefferson oversees all program production, assigning reporters, developing new programs and staff training. He also does a lot of reporting himself with groundbreaking work during the Ebola crisis that helped raise awareness of the disease and its prevention for the people of Bong County.
During the Ebola outbreak Jefferson was a core reporter for BBC Media Action’s popular “Kick Ebola from Liberia” program.
Jefferson’s work has earned him a string of honors including two consecutive wins for the Press Union of Liberia’s coveted Development Reporter of the Year in 2011 and 2012. In 2015 Jefferson won the prestigious George Atkins Communications Award from Farm Radio International based in Ottawa, Canada. The award is given to African radio producers who do exceptional reporting that brings information to smaller holder farmers’ through participatory radio campaigns. He is the first Liberian journalist to receive the award.
Jefferson has also taken part in programs by the International Centre For Journalist (ICFJ), U.S State Department Bureau of Education and Culture Affairs International Visitor Leadership Program and ICRC Humanitarian Reporting Training. He earned a certificate in election and political reporting from the Radio Netherlands Training Center.
In 2014 Jefferson was nominated by the U.S Embassy in Liberia to take part in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) broadcast training which focused on the role of the media in protecting democracy and free speech in the USA.
Jefferson’s work has taken him to the United States, Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Italy over the last few years.
Jefferson holds a Bachelor’s of Science (BSc) in Integrated Development Studies and Education as minor from Cuttington University, Liberia.