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EU, IMS train female journalists ahead of 2023 elections

President, Nigerian Association of Women Journalist, (NAWOJ) Ladi Bala. Photo: Hadiza Abdulrahman

The Institute for Media and Society, (IMS) with support from the European Union, (EU) has commenced a two days training on Building Digital and Multimedia Storytelling Skills for Women broadcast journalists.

The training, which is an activity under the Support-to Media Component of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance (EU-SDGN) Project, is also targeted to enhance the skills of women ahead of the 2023 general election.

At the commencement of the training in Jos, Executive Director of the Institute Dr Akin Akingulu explained that the training would improve the professional capacity of women journalists through exposure to digital tools, technical know-how and relevant methods for digital skills while still maintaining a fair, accurate, ethical and inclusive coverage of the electoral process.

“Women journalists cannot access appropriate level of participation in the coverage of the electoral processes that is a common knowledge, a major limiting factor in their participation is the skill gap particularly digital multimedia story telling skills, we reasoned therefore to improve professionalism, deepen voters and civic education and strengthen inclusivity thus women journalist skills should be updated”.

Dr Akingulu urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity available to them and step down the training in their respective organisations to enhance better civic voter education in electoral processes.

President, Nigerian Association of Women Journalist, (NAWOJ) Ladi Bala noted that training and retraining is important in enhancing the capacity of workers particularly for journalists.

“The media space is so dynamic and with the evolvement of new media platform, even the information technology available, it beholds on us to acquire new skills on how best to deliver on our responsibility to Nigeria” she said.

The participants were drawn from various broadcast media outfits across northern Nigeria.

Reporting Hadiza Abdulrahman; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Muzha Kucha