Wole Soyinka Centre Trains Journalists

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The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism in partnership with the British High Commission is building the capacity of media houses to do investigative journalism

By Anayo Ezugwu  |  Feb. 2, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT  |

THE Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism is training 150 journalists on from eight media organisations in Lagos and Abuja on investigative journalism. The training is being done under the Centre’s house-to-house investigative journalism advocacy programme as its contribution to addressing the dearth of the culture of investigative reporting in Nigeria. The programme forms part of its pro-engage series programme done in partnership with the British High Commission.

It is aimed at developing the capacity of selected media organisations to do investigative reporting in Nigeria by establishing investigative reporting desks. The pilot training sessions of house-to-house started on Monday, January 19, to Friday, January 30.

The targeted media houses are The New Telegraph, Media Trust, The Leadership, The Nation, The Guardian, The Premium Times, The News and Television Continental. The Wole Soyinka Centre staff alongside its faculty comprising veteran investigative journalism professionals will move from one media house to the other to conduct capacity development training for members of staff. This will be followed up by a full-day workshop for four representatives each from the shortlisted media houses on running investigative reporting desks.

The pro-engage series was first introduced in 2011 with the aim of expanding knowledge in investigative journalism and increasing the level of mentoring and discourses around the subject for student and beginner journalists. It was aimed at creating an opportunity for budding investigative journalists to learn from respected professionals and discuss issues peculiar to their cadre in media learning and practice. The programme has now been expanded to encompass engagement between professionals and veterans in and outside the media for the improvement of investigative reporting culture in the Nigerian media.

The house-to-house variant of the programme is hoped to contribute to the thoroughness of news reporting and better position the Nigerian media to effectively do its part in shaping the polity.

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