By Tijani Abdulkabeer
In what was the second edition, Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) trained selected campus reporters from the University of Ibadan on best practices in Journalism between Tuesday and Friday, 7th-10th of September 2021.
The intensive four-day capacity training was held at the Postgraduate room, Faculty of Arts with industry experts from PTCIJ available to facilitate interactive sessions with these young journalists.
The training sessions were facilitated by PTCIJ program co-ordinator, Bukola Ajibola, the deputy program co-ordinator, Adedeji Adekunle as well as a veteran foreign journalist, Femke van zeijl
On the first day, Adekunle Adedeji delivered a session on accountability media and investigative journalism. The master craft journalist also shared insights on the dimensions that can be employed to hold public officers accountable maximizing the pen.
Also, on the same day, Busola Ajibola educate these reporters on the ethics of journalism and emphasized the professionalism to uphold on the job. In the last session, Femke van Zeiji lectured on exploring approaches and news types in conflict reporting.
On the second day, the participants were exposed to the reporting value chain of generating story ideas. During this session, the facilitator engaged them on ways to generate original story ideas maximizing events from within, globalization to localization, media tools, creativity, and curiosity.
Facilitating a session on the reporting value chain, Adedeji spoke on the logic around identifying sources to tell stories, the need for multiple sources, and also developing a research-based reporting and not just focusing on the trigger event.
Busola also took the participants on the humanitarian and conflict laws and treaties that guide the profession and also gave insight on the relevancy of the profession adding that journalism is a key element of development.
For the third day, the deputy program coordinator exposed the reporters to data journalism. He gave a background overview of data and how it serves as a verifiable tool for accountability. He further explained how access to relevant data fosters development and also helps the government to make decisions.
In the session on storytelling and human interest, the program coordinator emphasized the virtues of telling stories from unique angles. She engaged the participants in human interest stories and further explained to them how they can be creative with events adding that reporting trigger events alone are unethical.
Also, the foreign journalist took participants on the nuanced gender perspectives in reporting conflict. During her practical session, she made participants brainstorm on three key elements of an assumed conflict and also deliver their findings to the audience in a group presentation.
The final day of the training featured Adedeji and he took the participants on fact-checking. He shared with the participant’s insights on how to run a fact check maximizing media tools. He identified the categories of people that disseminate information and cautioned young journalists to ensure proper verification of their stories as well as giving more insights on claims to be fact-checked.
Femke van zeijl spoke on the evaluation of interviews when doing conflict reporting. She analyzed the disparity and challenges in reporting conflicts and also engage the participants in creative ways to tell the stories.
Reacting to questions on the essence of the training, the program coordinator for PTCIJ, Bukola Ajibola explained that it is geared towards exposing these young journalists to the tenets of journalism and it is part of PTCIJ’s NextGen’s program to support evidence-based Multimedia and Investigative Journalism in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions.