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PTCIJ Trains UNILAG Campus Journalists

The Premium Times Centre For Investigative Journalism trained campus journalists in the University of Lagos with the support of the Mass Communication Department and Press Club UNILAG.

The 4-day intensive training began on Monday the 26th of July and ended on Thursday the 29th of July 2021. The training was divided into morning and afternoon sessions where the morning session ran between 10 am and 12 pm followed by an hour tea break then the afternoon session between 1 pm and 3 pm.

Forty campus journalists participated in the training with 3 seasoned coaches, Mr Kemi Busari, Mrs Busola Ajibola and Mrs Femke Zeiji. The training was held virtually on Zoom due to the university being shut down following an outbreak of COVID-19.

On the first day of the training, the campus journalists were trained on Accountability Media And Investigative Journalism by Mr Busari, Journalism Ethics/Conflict Reporting Ethics And Monitoring by Mrs Ajibola, Conflict Roots, Causes, And Triggers as well as a practical session on Conflict Reporting by Ms Zeijl.

The second day took a new turn with lectures on the reporting value chain led by Mr Busari, Humanitarian And Conflict Law And Treaties by Mrs Ajibola and Practical sessions on Conflict Reporting Interviews by Ms Zeijl.

On the third day, campus journalists were introduced to Data Journalism by Mr Busari, Storytelling And Human Interest by Ms Zeijl, Nuanced Gender Perspectives In Reporting Conflict by Femke and continued practical sessions on conflict reporting.

The last day of the training started with an introduction to fact-checking by Mr Busari, Exploring Approaches And News Types In Conflict Reporting as well as Safety and Security For Campus Journalists. Lastly, the campus journalists were introduced to the Campus Reporter project, a platform created by PTCIJ in collaboration with Ford Foundation.

Feedback From The Training

Some of the campus journalists who were present at the training shared their experience with this reporter:

“It was amazing. I loved that there was an interaction between the coaches and the students. The coaches really took their time to teach and help us understand. I loved the whole thing about the training,” Victoria said.

“My training experience at PTCIJ was quite expository. With this training, I’ve been able to improve on my interviewing skills, data journalism as well as covering conflict scenes. Four days well spent. Thank you PTCIJ,” Seyi explained.

“The practicals were a good one, it helped me to unlearn and relearn existing practices and assess personal bias,” Paul said.

“My training experience with PTCIJ was insightful. I learnt [about] ethics as well [as] interviewing techniques alongside others but those two really stood out for me. Really grateful for the opportunity,” Joy said.

“Well, it was an interesting one. Femke was so realistic with teaching, citing live examples from an imaginary live interview to a lot more. Kemi was superb too. His explanations were top notch. Busola didn’t Carry last, she came so down to our level. In fact, I would love it if we get another,” Seyifunni said.

“It is one of the best journalism training I’ve attended. I like the fact that it was intensive and eye-opening and it involved practicals as well. It was an interactive space which was very amazing and the training ignited my passion for journalism,” Joseph said.

“It was a great learning platform and I really learnt about fact-checking, prior to the training I didn’t know how to fact check news, I just spread any information I saw. I also learnt how to turn down offers when given money as a journalist “don’t worry, my office got it covered,” Eniola said.

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