IPC Holds Workshop for Online Journalists, Bloggers

IPC Holds Workshop for Online Journalists, Bloggers

The International Press Centre, Lagos will this week train about 60 online journalists and bloggers from across the country on conflict sensitive reporting online. This is being done in view of the on-going electoral process and the forthcoming 2019 general elections. The workshops will take place in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Tuesday, September 18 and

The International Press Centre, Lagos will this week train about 60 online journalists and bloggers from across the country on conflict sensitive reporting online.

This is being done in view of the on-going electoral process and the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

The workshops will take place in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Tuesday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 19 and Abuja, FCT, on Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21.

A statement by Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, said the training is part of the activities being implemented under Component 4b: Support to the media of the EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) project.

According to Arogundade, the training will seek to enhance the capacity of the participants to use online media for the responsible reporting of elections by being language sensitive, conflict sensitive and checking hate speech in the online environment.

To ensure the attainment of the objectives, the workshops will feature presentations by media scholars and seasoned journalists.

Three distinguished speakers will be featuring at the workshop in Abeokuta. They include Professor Nosa Owens-Ibie, Dean, College of Social and Management Sciences (COSOMAS), Caleb University, Imota, Ikorodu, Lagos, Dr Qasim Akinreti, chairman, Lagos Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists and Dr Dan Jibo, of the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan.

Owens-Ibie will speak on ‘Understanding Communication Challenges in the Age of Conflict, Hate Speech and Fake News’ and ‘Sticking to Ethics and Professionalism in Online Reporting’; Akinreti, also Assistant News Editor, Voice of Nigeria (VON) will speak on ‘Giving Practical Effect to Conflict Sensitive Reporting Online’ and ‘Social Media and Elections: Knowing and Dealing with the Challenges’ while Jibo will address ‘Understanding Conflict, its Nature and Character’ and ‘Contemporary Conflicts in Nigeria and Possible Impact on Media and Coverage of 2019 Elections: the Pitfalls to Avoid in Online Reporting’.

In Abuja, Dr. Ruqayyah Yusuf Aliyu of the Department of Information and Media Studies, Bayero University Kano, will focus on ‘Understanding Conflict: Its Nature & Character’ and ‘Hate Speech & Fake News: Imperatives of Ethics & Professionalism in Online Reporting in Nigeria’, while Dr. Y.Z Yau, Executive Director, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Kano, will present a paper on ‘Contemporary Conflicts in Nigeria and Possible Impact on Media Coverage of 2019 Elections’ and ‘Monitoring of Hate Speech Online: Observations, Lessons and Recommendations from Outcomes’.

Mr. Musikilu Mojeed, Editor-In-Chief, Premium Times will also take participants through ‘Social Media & Elections: Giving Practical Effect to Conflict Sensitive Reporting Online’ and ‘News gathering & Newsroom Gate Keeping in the Era of Hate Speech: Tips on Pitfalls to Avoid’.

Discussions at the two workshops can be followed online using the media hashtag: #EU4DemocracyNG or @ipcng twitter, facebook and other social media channels.

Not less than 20,000 Nigerian journalists and other media rofessionals are expected to benefit from the European Union Support for Democracy and Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) component 4b project being undertaken by the International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos which is slated for over a 52-month period.

 

There will also be Media Training Workshops on Best Practices and Professional Reporting and Investigative Reporting of Campaign Finances Using Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and Capacity Building Media Workshop for Political Correspondents to deepen their knowledge and expand the scope of the use of New and Social Media in Election Reporting.

 

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