NUJ partners with ICIR on data and multimedia journalism | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Union of Nigerian Journalists (NUJ) FCT Correspondents Chapel is set to partner with the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) for the training of journalists especially in the area of ​​data journalism , fact-checking, open-source intelligence and multimedia journalism.

The President of the Chapel, Mr. Jide Oyekunle, who said this recently when the executive members of the Chapel visited the ICIR office in Abuja, underscored the need for strategic collaboration in organizing the periodic training and capacity building of journalists.

He observed that the training is very critical, as journalists are now producing stories for a multimedia world due to the technological revolution and media pluralism, which puts journalists under undue pressure and an effective weapon against misinformation, misinformation and fake news.

Oyekunle said that over the years, ICIR has played an important role in raising the bar through its investigative journalism, holding government authorities and officials to account, adding that the partnership is born out of good and cordial relations between ICIR and the media. in general.

He said the training aims to enrich and validate the reporting skills and knowledge of their members and also to familiarize them with the use of data and statistics in story writing instead of the traditional method. storytelling and narrative journalism.

Oyekunle pointed out that the technological revolution has changed and impacted the profession of journalism in many ways in the fields and the need for their members to improve their skills in new techniques of news reporting, content creation and struggle. against fake news, disinformation and misinformation.

In response, ICIR Editor-in-Chief Mr. Ajibola Hamzat commended the NUJ FCT Correspondents’ Chapel delegation for taking the time to visit the center, saying it showed that the new leadership of the chapel is committed to the vision of changing the face of journalism. job for the better.

He said ICIR was established with a vision to ensure positive change in the country and set the tone for quality and responsible journalism through training.

According to Hamzat “in 2012, when we registered as an NGO, our mission was just to go into the newsroom and train as many people who are ready to be trained in different areas of journalism.

“We are happy to have you here and I can tell you that we are very excited and look forward to working with your chapel in the future.

“You talked about the number of areas we have to manage, I think they are very important. Yes, we are very strong in data journalism, because deliberately we have a data department. It was not by coincidence, because we realized that data is now journalism and journalism is now data. You can’t separate one from the other.

For her part, the program manager, Agema Gloria, said the center is ready to train members of the chapel, just as she encouraged journalists to deploy the skills in practice after the training in their various newsrooms.

According to her, “training in multimedia journalism is so easy that ultimately, once you have this training, you should be able to do a lot of things with your colleagues and train a lot of people”.

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