PREMIUM TIMES COMPLETES A 3-DAY TRAINING FOR OAU CAMPUS JOURNALISTS.
The Premium Times Centre for Investigative journalism (PTCIJ) training , a subsidiary of the Premium times news in Nigeria, has held its programme in 6 Nigerian University ; Bayero University, University of Jos, Lagos state University etc. in the last few weeks. Thesame was held in Obafemi Awolowo University on Thursday, 10th of August and ended on Saturday, 12th of August.
The 3 days training was facilitated by Mr. Idris Akinbanjo, an alumnus of the university and the Managing Editor for Premium times news, and Mr. Adekunle Adedeji, a data journalist who works for Premium times news. The program which was held at Eden in New bukka of the main campus, had journalists from various news agencies under the aegis of Association of campus journalists (ACJ) and also had the president of Nigeria Union of campus journalists (NUCJ), Mr. Ibrahim in attendance.
Journalists present were equipped with the knowledge of Investigative journalism and data journalism. Mr. Idris in his lecture on Thursday, tagged 'Accountability media and Investigative journalism' emphasized on the core elements of journalism.
" The most important element which is non-negotiable in journalism is truthfulness and accuracy of information because the masses have the right to getting truthful and accurate information" he said.
In one of the sessions on data journalism, Mr. Adedeji gave a comprehensive information about how to source for information online and how to make use of raw data for news stories.
"Budgets and statistics gotten can be used to develop trend stories and correlation stories. Info graphics as a means of data visualization can earn the journalist a lot of money" he made known on the last day of the training.
A field work of investigation was given to the four groups which every participant belong to. After an assessment of their reports, Mr. Omole Isaac led group won a cash prize of #1,000 for each member of the group. The cash was presented on the last day of training.
Speaking with some of the participants, it was stated that the program has been impactful.
"It was awesome and as expected." Mr. Olasunkanmi, ACJ President said.
"Its fantastic and I hope every participant should try and work more. Also I appreciate the organizers they really tried, welfare, education etc." Damilola from Association of Potential Broadcasters commented.
Olufemi Alfred .O.
Oau Kilonshele News agency