WikkiTimes, an investigative platform based in Bauchi State has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vision FM In Gombe State on accountability journalism and critical reporting.
In the course of the partnership, WikkiTimes will also train Vision FM staff on investigative journalism and critical reporting.
The partnership which borders on accountability journalism will also require Vision FM to amplify painstaking investigations carried out by WikkiTimes across the country, particularly in the northeast region.
WikkiTimes’ choice of partnering with Vision FM was rooted in the station’s wide coverage and its reach to the grassroots dwellers.
“The idea of the partnership is to strengthen the course of accountability and critical journalism because we believe that when we work with others, the chances of holding power to account and advancing democracy is highly likely”, said Haruna Mohammed. WikkiTimes’ publisher.
The publisher opined that critical accountability journalism requires partnerships and collaboration; “Because we don’t just want to publish our stories and go home to sleep or wait for the next story; we want everyone involved including other sister media organizations.
“When all of us get involved, we will advance checks and balances in our systems and propel development.
“We have to ensure there is an impact of what we do by collaborating with others and also getting our stories amplified,” he added.
During the period of the agreement, WikkiTimes Publisher said the platform will strengthen Vision FM’s newsroom; “By training their staff on the rigours of investigative and data journalism and also provide them with resources and tools to undertake investigations”.
Expressing his glee towards WikkiTimes’ gesture, Alhassan Yahaya, the General Manager of Vision FM in Gombe, said, “considering the way journalists are being harassed and witch-hunted, I want to believe that at the end of the programme, the capacity of our journalists would be built and they are going to be ambassadors of good governance and accountability. It will go a long way in positively changing the manner in which journalists report issues.”