The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), has launched a newsletter for media organisations including WikkiTimes under the Collaborative Media Engagement for Development, Inclusivity and Accountability (CMEDIA).
Motunrayo Alaka, the Executive Director/CEO of WSCIJ in a statement on Tuesday stated that there are 26 media organisations across Nigeria under the CMEDIA project to improve transparency, accountability, good governance and amplify marginalised voices, at state and local government levels and the private sector.
“We are elated to introduce this special newsletter to showcase Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) direct interventions under the Collaborative Media Engagement for Development, Inclusivity and Accountability (CMEDIA) or The Collaborative Media Project.
“At the inception meeting held between 28 and 29 March 2022, the WSCIJ welcomed 26 media organisations (who are also referred to as CMEDIA partners) across Nigeria to improve transparency, accountability, good governance and amplify marginalised voices, at state and local government levels and the private sector”, the statement read in part.
Alaka explained that through the support of the MacArthur Foundation, the project promotes media independence and government accountability with the pilot programme spanning three years.
She noted that the partners in the project have executed stories and investigations across different sectors at the subnational level.
She, however, called for the amplification of marginalised voices, leading conversations around media independence and government accountability while fostering impactful collaborations amongst media and civil society organisations.
WikkiTimes in the past four years has published compelling investigative reports that examined government policies and programmes, making an impact at the sub-national level.
The medium in recent times is focusing on grassroots journalism, aimed at holding power to account at the sub-national levels. WikkiTimes has, in the last couple of months trained journalists in investigative and data-driven journalism.