Women Journalists from south south, East and west. Photo: Olufisoye Adenitan
The Institute for Media and Society, IMS has trained 30 journalists from the southwest and south south geopolitical zones of Nigeria on the need to enhance and deepen informative contents that will promote accurate, ethical and inclusive coverage of the electoral process.
The Executive Director of IMS, Dr Akin Akingbulu stated this at the opening session of the Digital Multimedia Story Telling Skills for Women Journalists held in Benin, Edo state under the EU support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria, Component 4 -Support to Media .
Dr Akingbulu highlighted some of the key content on issues that required adequate Sensitization for Electorates to include Collection of PVCs, BVAs, Vote trading, Hate speech, fake news and Disability inclusive Election among others.
He maintained that female journalists were critical stakeholders that needed to be empowered and equiped with the necessary skills that would make them tell stories in an informed manner to audience on the social spaces, which now accommodate a large number of Nigeria citizens.
Speaking on Digital Story Telling process; producing a multimedia blog, using story, video and podcast, A content Development Trainer, Osifo Omozugba emphasised the need for female journalists to shift from the traditional method of telling stories to adopting multimedia approach considering the large numbers of social media users .
He took the female journalists through different social media tools and Applications they needed to make their story telling interesting to the right audiences.
Participants at the workshop. Photo: Olufisoye Adenitan
Also, Another Resource person, A Digital content Expert, Ehi Ohiani while speaking on social media strategy, tools, analytics and best practices intimated female journalists on the need to identify their audience and disseminate information that would enhance improved participation in the electoral process.
Mrs Ohiani educated female journalists with methods of telling stories from a multimedia perceptive that would interest online audience to make informed decisions about the 2023 election.
In his submission, the National President of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Mrs Ladi Bala appreciated IMS for Regular capacity building for female journalists in Nigeria.
Mrs Bala charged female journalists to use the skills acquired at the training to deal with electoral misinformation by telling stories that would enhance women participation in the political and electoral proces
Earlier, the Program manager of IMS, Mr Timothy Bamidele who welcomed the female journalists to the workshop Emphasized the need for them to use the opportunity to equipped themselves considering the careful selection of the participants by IMS for the project .
He urged them to go back and start educating other women journalists in their different Organisations on multimedia skills to enhance the reportage of the 2023 election .
Some female journalists who spoke at the workshop appreciated IMS for the opportunity to be part of the training which they said would further enhance their capacity to tell stories in an informed and educative way to the online users.
Reporting by Olufisoye Adenitan; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino