Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, the Special Adviser, Media and Communication, to the Kaduna state governor, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the Kaduna State Government has trained 30 practicing journalists in the state to enhance their capacity. According to her, the workshop would help journalists to affect society through their reports and programmes.
Adekeye explained that the thrust of the two-day capacity-building workshop was sponsored by the state government for journalists and programme producers in the state. The first set of 30 participants was selected to provide a manageable class size for a workshop that is designed to be interactive.
NAN also reports that the facilitators from The Journalism Clinic took the participants through, impact reporting, explainers, advanced research skills and basics of multimedia story-telling. Other areas covered were content and context, fact-checking and verification in an age where user-generated content and the citizen reporter are redefining journalism.
Mr Taiwo Obe, a fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, led the facilitators. Obe, who explained that his 36-year sojourn in journalism has left him in no doubt that journalists are actually storytellers, who in their reports narrate the facts of life in the diverse sectors in which people live and operate.
“We consider that such a workshop should help to add value to them for the collective benefit of the people of Kaduna state,’’ the aide said. Journalists can only do this effectively when they are alert to the stories around them, and are equipped with the professional character to ethically pursue these stories, unearth the facts, verify the facts, and publish news stories that exhibit the highest standards.