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NITDA trains Journalists on digital reporting

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in collaboration with PRNigeria and Penlight Centre for Investigative Journalism, has trained some Journalists in Abuja on Digital Reporting, Fact-Checking and Social Media Management.

The training aims at equipping journalists with modern available tools and ethics required to do their jobs better and also serve the country effectively.

Addressing the trainees in Abuja, NITDA’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Hajiya Umar Hadiza, admonished the participants to ensure that the knowledge acquired in the course of the training was put into practice for self-development.

She advised the journalists to equip themselves with computer knowledge, given the era of digital technology.

It is therefore of interest to us at NITDA for our journalists to take advantage of digital tools to do their jobs effectively and serve the country better,” Hajiya Hadiza declared.

She said, “The digital era has however come with its challenges, one of which is the overbearing presence of social media. Of course, the unregulated social media is a free market place where anything and everything goes-fake news, toxic contents, hate speech and inciting narratives. The theme of this Workshop, which emphasises ethical reporting and the use of digital tools to detect fake news, is therefore very apt and timely.”

The Chief Executive Officer of PRNigeria, Alhaji Yushau Shuaib, advised the participants to refrain from sensational journalism but rather promote and protect the interest of the nation.

Alhaji Shuaib expressed optimism that the outcome of the training would be impactful and beneficial to the participants.

Reporting by Hadiza Abdulrahman; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor