Participants Hail Investigative Journalism Training

Participants to the four-day investigative journalism workshop held at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) Ogba, Lagos, have commended the initiative, saying it was timely and enriching.

The participants who spoke during the closing ceremony, particularly thanked the The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, (PTCIJ) for bringing the training, and the facilitators for making the sessions practical-oriented.

The four-day project was based on conflict reporting covering modules such as: Journalism Ethics, Conflict Monitoring, Report Review, Humanitarian and Conflict Laws and Treaties (Local and International), From Accountability Media to Investigative Journalism, Introduction to Data Journalism, and Introduction to Fact-Checking among others. Dr Boye Ola, NIJ Head of Department of General Studies, lauded the team from the PTCIJ especially for ensuring that practical drills ran through the segments.

He said he would like to see a reflection of the teachings on the participants’ work after then, even as they engage the world of journalism head on, Dr Ola added that aside new knowledge, that the training had provided opportunity for the participants to make news friends, beyond their usual borders” I have also refreshed what I learned in the past by listening to what you were taught and I believe that you have gone ahead your colleagues, who had not participated, Journalistically. “If truly you want to be a credible journalist, you are fortunate to have been one of the participants in this training because the normal classroom can not provide what you have received,” he added. A student-par from the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Precious Ewuyi, said she was happy to have participated in the training as it succeeded in resolving for her an area of challenge in her journalism. “I had always wanted to be an investigative journalist and the training has been an eye-opener to that area of my choice,” she said. Speaking along the same line, a student from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Esther Olaifa, said though she had participated in other related trainings in the past, that the latest one was particularly impacting because it involved practicals. “I would never forget this training in my life because it has connected us, as young journalists, together. However, I am not happy that some students were unable to participate,” she said.

Mr Cami Ezenwa, a practical journalism lecturer at the NIJ, also commended the organisers for thinking NIJ and also the facilitators for a job well done. Asserting that it would be uncharitable for the participants not specially appreciate the organisers and facilitators, hw called for what he described as a “locomoitve applause” for the team.

Earlier, one of the instructors Mrs. Busola Ajibola, had said that NIJ students were particularly fortunate to have been given admission to study in the institution, given the commitment of the NIJ faculty to knowledge impartation. She said such a commitment reflected in the way the school administration grabbed the opportunity of hosting the training. “We wanted to take the training to a school where the students had been anticipating in having us for long but the lecturers rejected the opportunity.“ Your (NIJ) lecturers, however, accepted the opportunity and that was the reason we engaged you fully in practicals after each training to accomplish your lecturer’s positive expectations.” Others who trained with Ajibola were Mrs. Femke VanZeijl and Deji Adekunle. A highlight of the programme was the presentation of gifts to participants who excelled in certain aspects. The three, all NIJ students included: Oluwakemisola Bogunjoko as “The Most Punctual Student”; Damilola Adedamola Odunukan ” The Most Ethical Student”., and Ibrahim Taofeek as “A Student of Journalistic Promise”.

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