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16 Journalists Trained On Investigative Reporting In Niger

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Daily Nigerian, an online medium based in Abuja,  has trained 16 journalists on grassroots Investigative reporting in Minna, Niger State.

The two-day workshop held at Doko International Hotel, Minna, drew journalists from print, broadcast and online platforms.

Jaafar Jaafar, the Editor-In-Chief of Daily Nigerian, in a virtual session, harped on the nitty-gritty of Investigative journalism. He cautioned the budding journalists to “always balance” their stories.

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In another virtual session, Yushau Shuaib, the publisher and editor of PRNigeria, emphasised on the nexus between developmental and investigative journalism. 

The second leg of the workshop was honed by the duo of Olajide Adelana and Muhammad Aliyu Dantala, the Head of Mass Communication Department at Fati Lami Abubakar Institute of Legal and Administrative Studies

While Dantala lectured the trainees on multimedia reporting and sourcing for investigative stories, Adelana succinctly spoke about developing and pitching investigative stories.

Fatima Zahra Mohammed, a journalist with InsightMinna, a local press in Niger State, described the workshop as an “eye-opener, particularly in investigative reporting.”

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“I always see investigative journalists as those who have spent long years in the profession,” she told WikkiTimes. “Whenever investigative journalism is mentioned, my mind often rallies through the danger coupled with it.”

Zarah’s fear about the genre is now allayed by the incisive training she underwent. 

“I have learned what I need to know such as solution journalism, sourcing news stories and other things,” said Akuma Victor Chibuike, a journalist with Primeprogressive. “It is impactful to me as Daily Nigerian came up with this workshop.”

In close, Mohammed Dahiru Lawal, the Project Manager of Daily Nigerian, stated that the journalists were trained for impactful development in line with sustainable goals.

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He added that those with compelling pitches would be sponsored and mentored to execute their stories.

The participants among others include Akuma Victor Chibuike (Primeprogressive) Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga (Transcontinental Times), Umar Yunusa (Daily Nigerian), and Fatima Zahra Mohammed (InsightMinna) and Zainab Abdullahi, (Crystal Radio Fm).

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