The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) will 28 September 2023, host a visual reality media summit as part of events to commemorate the 2023 International Day for Universal Access to Information.
In press state on Thursday, the centre said the summit will feature experts discussing the theme, ‘Online space, access to information, and capturing social realities,’ and would focus on investigative photos, videos and cartoons commencing from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (WAT) on Thursday next week.
The virtual summit scheduled to be held via Zoom, aims to explore how photos and other investigative contents can leverage the opportunities and address challenges the digital space offers to capture and share social realities at scale.
The statement added that “the event welcomes participation from government agency representatives, journalists, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), students, journalism educators, and the public.”
The panellists include “Kolawole Oludare, Deputy Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP); Nelly Ating, freelance photojournalist; Sodiq Adelakun, photo editor, Channels TV; Mustapha Bulama, cartoonist, Daily Trust Newspaper; and Godwin Nwachukwu, Cameraman, TVC Communications, will discuss how visual journalists can perform their watchdog roles and hold individuals, organisations and governments accountable.
Nabilah Usman, a journalist with Radio Now 95.3FM, will moderate the panel session.
WSCIJ’s Visual Realities initiative was launched in 2016 to develop the capacity of visual journalists to implement satirical, investigative and humorous cartoons, also helps them understand and apply the knowledge of various social media tools to better engage on the issues their works address.
Through the initiative, WSCIJ has helped photojournalists and cartoonists develop the capacity to tell compelling and impactful stories.
The International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) was proclaimed on 15 October 2019 at the 74th United Nations General Assembly to be held on 28 September every year to discuss universal access to information as a prerequisite for sustainable development and for claiming human rights.