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Campus Reporter Trains 55 Students in Abuja, Donates Resources to Nile University

The Campus Reporter project of the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) conducted a four-day campus journalism training for 55 students of the Nile University of Nigeria and the University of Abuja. The training was held from Monday, 18 March, to Thursday, 21 March 2024. 

Campus Reporter is a platform created by CJID in collaboration with the Ford Foundation, with a mandate to support Evidence-based Multimedia and Investigative Journalism in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions.

The training held at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the Nile University of Abuja is the 39th training in West Africa since Campus Reporter’s inception in 2017.

In her introductory remarks, Busola Ajibola, the Deputy Director of the Journalism Programme at CJID, noted that Campus Reporter explores a Training-Internship-Mentorship (TIM) model to achieve media sustainability. Furthermore, she highlighted some of the projects that CJID has, including the UDEME project, that pushes for accountability and transparency in government and interrogates budgeting and the procurement of constituency and ecological projects; and the Dubawa project, which conducts fact checks to dispel fake news and champions media and information literacy for societal development.

Busola Ajibola giving her opening remarks

Participants were trained by media professionals from CJID, Premium Times, Daily Trust, Media Masters Academy and Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Hamza Idris, the General Editor of Daily Trust, taught the participants newsgathering and source mapping, and he noted that “journalists have a social responsibility to report issues that hold powers to account and ensure development in their respective societies.” 

He taught the participants how to source news and ensure they carry out their social responsibilities on campus. He mentioned that journalists have a social responsibility to report issues that hold powers to account and ensure development in their respective societies. 

Hamza Idris, General Editor of Daily Trust, at the Nile University campus journalism training

In his second session on Safety Tips for Campus Journalists, he recounted his experiences as a journalist in Maiduguri while the Boko Haram insurgency was raging.

Idris Akinbajo, the Managing Editor of Premium Times, taught the participants Media Ethics and Professionalism and Investigative Reporting. He noted that journalism is a global profession, and some rules govern it. He also mentioned that a journalist’s central ethic is “fairness and public accountability”.

In her session on Gender Transformative Approaches to Storytelling, Ms Ajibola explained the importance of inclusion in news writing and encouraged the participants to avoid gender stereotypes in their writing. Other facilitators were Uthman Samad, a Digital Investigation Journalist at AFP, who took the participants through extensive sessions on Data Journalism and Multimedia Journalism, and Silas Jonathan, a Research Manager at Digital Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Information Disorder Analysis Centre (DIDAC), who taught the participants Fact-Checking.

Uthmad Samad during the Multimedia Journalism Session where he taught the participants how to take good pictures with their phones

Uju Nwachukwu, the Founder and Lead Trainer of Media Masters Academy and a Presenter at NTA, taught sessions tagged “Script to Spotlight” and Presentations for TV, Radio and Podcasts. She taught them how to modulate their voices during presentations and the importance of scripting every broadcast.

The four-day training ended on Thursday, 21 March as each participant was awarded certificates of participation and enjoined to send story pitches to Campus Reporter. Ms Ajibola noted that the Centre would support promising pitches.

Campus Reporter Pays Courtesy Visit, Donates Resources to the Registrar of Nile University

On Thursday, 21 March, the Campus Reporter team paid a courtesy visit to the Registrar of the Nile University of Nigeria, David Olowola. Present at the courtesy visit were Busola Ajibola, the Deputy Director of the Journalism Programme of CJID; Dr Jacob Suemo, the Head of Department of the Mass Communication department at Nile University; Iretomiwa Dele-Yusuff, the Project Officer of the Campus Reporter and other members of the CJID team.

The CJID team, Mr David Olowola, the Registrar of Nile University and Dr Jacob Suemo, the Head of Department of the Mass Communication department at the Nile University

During the visit, Ms Ajibola said that the training aims to equip the next generation of journalists on the rudiments of the profession to prepare them for the media ecosystem.

“As you know, we have been here for four days at Nile University, training campus Journalists on how they can become great reporters during and after graduation. We have achieved this over the years through training, internship and mentorship”, she said.

Busola Ajibola, the Deputy Director of the Journalism Programme at CJID presenting some CJID and Premium Times publications to David Olowola, the Registrar of the Nile University of Nigeria

“This creates opportunities for internships for students who want to build their career in journalism, and we will provide them with mentorship in any part of journalism they want to practice. It could be investigative journalism, data journalism, multimedia journalism, or fact-checking”, Ms Ajibola noted.

On behalf of CJID, Ms Ajibola presented over 100 copies of CJID and Premium Times publications to the institution, including the “Press Freedom Handbook”, “Women in Mining – Nigeria and the Region”, “The Impact of Climate Change on Female Farmers in Ghana and Nigeria” and “Beyond Rhetoric and Ambition”. 

Busola Ajibola receiving branded materials from David Olowola, the Registrar of the Nile University of Nigeria

Mr Olowola, the Registrar of Nile University, appreciated the CJID’s noteworthy commitment to building future generations of professional journalists. He appreciated Campus Reporter for bringing the training to Nile University and expressed his wish for further partnership between the Institution and CJID.

On behalf of Nile University, Mr Olowola presented some branded gift items to the CJID team, including notepads and a branded flask.

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