The Campus Reporter programme under the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism(PTCIJ) has announced the selection of six campus journalists for its internship programme for campus journalists in Nigeria.
The Campus Reporter programme, which aims to equip the next generation of data and digital journalists with knowledge of ethical and professional journalism ingrained in truthfulness, verification, source scrutiny and scepticism, was launched in 2017.
At a virtual orientation held for the first set of selected interns, the Campus Reporter Coordinator, Busola Ajibola, disclosed that the aim of the internship is to expose interns to real-life demands in Nigerian newsrooms, give them the opportunity to network with veteran journalists and make it possible for them to use their voice, their pen and the platforms they are being offered to cause change.
“We hope at the end of your internship we would be able to also use you as a point of reference and inspiration to other campus reporters in years to come,” she said.
“For the year 2021, the internship programme will run in two phases, May to June and August to November respectively. This is to ensure that differences in school academic calendars do not prevent students across Nigeria from benefiting from the programme. In all, twelve campus journalists will participate in the internship this year,” she explained further.
While addressing the interns during the virtual orientation, the Executive Director, Media Career Development Network, Lekan Otufodunrin, urged the interns to maximise the opportunity they have been given well.
Otufodunrin noted that the internship will give the Campus journalist an edge over their colleagues as they will have content to apply for jobs, awards, and other opportunities.
“You should be able to learn fast, take some initiatives and have flair and passion for the job. You are expected to have learnt some skills in your school or know how to do some basic things.
“Working in the newsroom is a learning experience. You must be very patient, learn to adjust, be very strong for yourself. Don’t see yourself as small, be willing to learn.
“You may be assigned to a beat where you’ll be given responsibilities more than that of an intern. Study the organization and suggest possible new ideas and concepts.
“What you learn and achieve during internship will give you an advantage over colleagues who didn’t maximize the opportunities,” he said.
The six interns selected for the first phase of the Campus Reporter internship programme will receive funding support from PTCIJ while working on various reports in the newsrooms they have been attached to.
The Newsrooms the interns were placed in include: Premium Times, Media Career Nigeria, The Hope Newspaper and Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ).
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