he Nigerian Democratic Report (NDR) took centre stage as Journalists and media stakeholders gathered in Lagos to witness the public launch of the NDR news portal. The event which held Tuesday, October 29, 2013 provided a platform to interact with journalists and brief them on the running of the online portal, its purpose and aim,
Addressing journalists at the event, Lanre Arogundade, Director, IPC and Editor in-Chief, NDR, said the portal serves as a platform for the exchange of information and in-depth analysis of developmental issues being addressed by the broader project on ‘Consolidating Media Development, Conflict Resolution and Engagement on Freedom of Information Act for Democratic Reforms as currently being implemented by Media Rights Agenda (MRA), the Institute for Media and Society (IMS) International Press Centre (IPC) and Nigeria Press Council (NPC) with the support of UNDP DGD11.
He noted that NDR operates as an online news portal publishing public interest and development oriented reports, interviews and analysis on a broad range of issues of democracy, good governance, electoral reforms and gender as well as conflict transformation which is reported in accordance with professional and ethical principles of fairness, balance, accuracy and diversity.
He added that the purpose of NDR was to promote the role of the media in Nigeria’s democracy, encourage issue & development-focused reporting of elections, encourage investigative reporting/journalism, to offer a model of election or political news reporting and to provide alternative news outlets against the barriers of ownership & censorship.
The portal also provides an alternative source of income for journalists who can write special reports, stories or interviews on any of the broad range of issues bordering on elections, democratic governance and development.
As part of the event, a brief tweet conference on twitter handle (#NDRPoll) followed which focused on how the public can set agenda for media reporting ahead of the 2015 elections. The tweet session was led by Lanre Arogundade and Qasim Akinreti, Online Editor, Voice of Nigeria with corresponding tweets by journalists at the event.
Morenike Tony-EsanNovember 8, 2013, 8:47 am
I think journalists who have copies or record of manifestoes of our political leaders should review them and see if these leaders have fulfilled their electoral promises.This is called follow up.Let us shun brown envelopes and challenge these leaders.This is what is called DEVELOPMENTAL journalism.REPLY