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Journalists undergo intensive training on migration reporting

The journalists and officials at the end of the training in Lagos. Photo:Tersoo Zamber

27 journalists, cutting across different Media organizations in Broadcast, Print, and online, drawn from across the country, gathered in Lagos on 17-19 May for a training workshop on migration reporting.

 The training, facilitated by the Global Migration Media Academy (GMMA) in collaboration with the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University, and the International Organization for Migration office in Nigeria, took place in Lagos, Nigeria.

Nigeria is one of the pilot countries to benefit from the newly established GMMA platform, a program to support quality reporting on migration by student and professional journalists. Other pilot countries include Mexico, Serbia, Morocco, and the Philippines.

 Participants benefited from lectures and discussions with a diverse group of experts including officials from IOM Nigeria, lecturers from the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, and experts from the GMMA.

 In a presentation on Migration, Climate Change, and Dot Connections, Professor Ufuoma Akpojivi explained how climate change was a contributory factor to migration.

He urged the journalists to highlight issues of climate change in their reportage with a view to drawing government attention to do the needful.

 Similarly, Dr. Chike Mgbeadichie of the Pan Atlantic University while making his presentation on Culture and Migration, attributed the dominance of certain individuals in particular places due to their cultures.

 Charles Autheman, an international journalist’s trainer from France, took the journalists through some misrepresentations to avoid reporting on migration.

He also led a session on labour migration reporting and insisted on the importance of international labour standards, notably convention 181 (1997) on Private Employment Agencies and convention 189 (2011) on Domestic Workers. Both conventions have yet to be ratified by Nigeria and seek to promote the welfare of workers, notably migrant workers, during all stages of their recruitment and employment.

 The use of social media in reporting migration was another presentation featured during the training and it was revealed that 4.5 billion of the world’s 7.8 billion population were social media users around the world.

Journalists were enjoined to use social media for the propagation of migration information, when need be, in view of the large audience.

The International Organization for Migration IOM’s Awareness Raising Officer, Cyprine Cheptekpeny noted that the training of journalists was aimed at improving reportage on migration.

Reporting by Tersoo Zamber, editing by Daniel Adejo