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CJID Trains FUL Mass Comm Students on Investigative Journalism at 4-Day Campus Journalism Clinic


Not fewer than 60 students of Federal University Lokoja, FUL, and Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba participated in a 4-day Campus Journalism Clinic organized by the Center for Journalism Innovation and Development, CJID. The Center is one of the leading media development organizations in West Africa. 

CJID, formerly known as Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), is a non-governmental organization founded in 2014 aimed at promoting a truly independent media landscape that advances fundamental human rights, good governance, and accountability in West Africa through investigative journalism, open data, and civic technology.

The 4 days training, which was held recently at LT-B, College of Health Sciences (Adankolo Campus) of the Federal University Lokoja, featured insightful teachings which includes but were not limited to Essentials of News Reporting and Writing, Basics of Investigative Journalism, Evidence-Based Multimedia Investigative Journalism, Data Journalism, Fact-Checking, Gender Transformative Approach to Storytelling, and Ethics of Journalism.

Following the completion of the training, the Deputy Director, CJID, Busola Ajibola along with the Deputy Director, Accountability Programmes, Mboho Eno, and other members of the team, including some of the beneficiaries (students), paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi. 

During the short interactive session and debriefing, the VC expressed great joy and appreciation to the CJID and the Deputy Director for organizing the training in FUL and selecting some of the students from the Mass Communication Department to participate in the important training which would further widen their scope and shape their orientation about the respected profession at the early stage, calling for more robust collaboration and sustained partnership between the Center and FUL. 

Professor Akinwumi, who received the delegation along with some of his management staff, highlighted his administration's concerted efforts towards setting up a state-of-the-art studio to enable the Department of Mass Communication of the University perform optimally and meet the accreditation requirements while ensuring that the Department fulfills its cardinal objectives and ranks as one of the best in the country.

Speaking earlier, Busola Ajibola, Deputy Director CJID, gave an in-depth background into the activities of the Center as well as the just concluded training programme and how it would impact positively on the career of the selected students. The Deputy Director also presented several books to the University on behalf of the Non-governmental Organization.

Other facilitators at the 4-day intensive training included Iretomiwa Dele-Yusuf, CampusReporter, Coordinator; Kemi Busari, Editor, Dubawa; and Titilope Fadare, Multimedia Journalist, Premium Times. Others were Kehinde Ogunyale, Data Journalist, International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR); and Lois Ugbede, Fact Checker, Dubawa. See more pictures here

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