In a commendable effort to train campus reporters, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) [formerly known as the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ] held its 22nd Journalism training on Wednesday the 24th of February with the Lagos State University Association of Campus Journalists and the National Association of Nigerian Campus Editors (NANCE) at the conference hall of the university’s arcade building.
The campus reporter project was put together by the CJID to support evidence-based multimedia and investigative journalism in Nigerian tertiary institutions.
The four-day-long humanitarian and conflict reporting training marked the end of this batch and was held from Wednesday the 23rd of February till Saturday the 26th of February 2022.
The training took effect from 9 am to 2 pm each day, with tutors from the CJID and the Free Press Unlimited (FPU) including Mr Adekunle Deji, Femke Van Zeiji, and Mrs Busola Ajibola.
Fifty trainees were selected from ACJ LASU and the NANCE. The coaching featured topics on the distinct facets of journalism which included but was not limited to accountability media, conflict reporting, media literacy, data journalism and fact-checking.
The data journalism expert, Mr Adekunle Deji, while addressing the trainees on the importance of Journalism in a democracy, said:
“Journalism has a symbiotic relationship (mutual benefit) with democracy. Journalism can operate in an undemocratic society, however, journalism works better in a society with a free press.”
Speaking on the different types and significance of sources of information Mr Adekunle, the Director of Innovation at the CJID, said:
“Human beings can lie… this is where the importance of verification comes in, there must be a backing behind your source.”
The Lagos-based Dutch journalist, Femke Van Zeijl, in a lecture on conflict reporting and how to best analyse conflict, said:
“First do no harm, do not make matters worse on a personal and societal level, ask yourself is it really in the best interest of the public? Look at all sides, even the ones you don’t like very much.”
The coordinator of the CJID Campus Reporter Programme, Mrs Olubusola Ajibola, advised the trainees to always look out for their safety, saying:
“It is important to tell stories but no story is worth your life…you only live to tell another story if you die you may never tell another story.”
The trainers made a toast at the end of the programme, cheering to greatness and the success of the journalism training in different institutions, adding that this was the last of the humanitarian and conflict reporting project. With a bottle of wine, the trio went on to chorus:
“Cheers to greatness!”
PHOTO CREDIT: ABDULBASIT BADMUS AND OJELABI OLAWALE
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