The MacArthur Foundation supports PRNigeria in humanitarian journalism for economic development
The MacArthur Foundation supports PRNigeria in its attempt to advance humanitarian journalism for economic development.
The Collaborative Media Engagement for Development, Inclusion and Accountability grant was initiated by the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) to promote media independence and foster accountability and accountability. transparency, especially at sub-national levels.
This was revealed during a media workshop organized by Image Merchants Promotions Ltd (IMPR), publishers of PRNigeria and Economic Confidential in Abuja for journalists covering security and economy.
PRNigeria Editor-in-Chief Mr. Yushau Shuaib said WSCIJ partners with 26 organizations to bring uniqueness to collaborative media engagement.
“At PRNigeria, we will focus on the Sub-National Economic Sustainability and Security Project (SNIRESS) Survey Reports for positive impact.
“With a background in public relations and fact-checking, our brand of journalism is anchored on responsible reporting by exposing inactions for timely responses to influence positive action by government and other relevant stakeholders.”
“Apart from investigative journalism, like this workshop, we will continue to organize capacity building on economic and security reporting for media professionals as well as post-training mentorship.”
Also speaking at the event, the Nation Newspaper’s Northern Operations Chief, Mallam Yusuf Alli, a veteran communications specialist, Dr. Suleiman Yau’ Sule and a veteran economist and journalist, Mr. Ewache Ajaefu denounced the fact that low-level Nigerian journalists engage in investigative reports.
According to them, investigative reporting has since become the “shortfall” of Nigerian journalism.
Mallam Alli expressed dismay at the worrying trend of several media professionals and journalists in the country shunning investigative journalism.
He noted that investigative reporting can be done by journalists of all genders. He therefore commended PRNigeria for championing fact-checking reports on fake news lately.
Alli, an investigative editor, urged workshop participants to be passionate about building their media careers around investigative journalism.
He said, “Build a vast network of sources that will always serve as your contacts. Again, it is imperative that you protect your sources,” he said.
In his lecture titled “Humanitarian Journalism: A panacea for conflict-prone areas,” Dr. Sule, a senior lecturer at Bayero University in Kano, revealed that amid several crises troubling Nigeria, many local journalists pay less attention to the practice of humanitarian journalism as a panacea. to the socio-economic woes of the nation.
According to him, by engaging in humanitarian journalism, Nigerian journalists and media professionals will explore certain things that affect citizens and society at large.
He explained that humanitarian journalists are also “crisis reporters”.
“As humanitarian journalists, try to understand what can trigger crises. And then engage in reporting that can ease social tensions or upheaval,” said the speaker who is also chairman of the board of IMPR.
A revered broadcaster and media mogul, Alhaji Ismail Sani, has stressed the need for young reporters to hone their skills in various aspects of broadcast journalism.
Speaking on broadcast journalism, Sani, general manager of Wonderland TV and Platinum FM, promised to provide participants with free training on camera manipulation techniques and other aspects of broadcast media.
Mr. Ajaefu, Editor-in-Chief of Business International Digest, urged workshop participants to develop an interest in economic reports which he believes have a direct impact on the well-being of society.
Kidnapped school children
Yauri FGC students, Kebbi
292 days 21 hours 12 minutes 58 seconds,
Baptist School Students, Kaduna
274 days 22 hours 54 minutes 23 seconds
Students from Tegina Islamiya, Niger (released)
Spent 88 days from May 30, 2021 to Aug 26, 2021
Report by: PRNigeria.com