EU Funded Capacity Building Re-positions Women Broadcast Journalist in Digital Multimedia Story Telling

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In response to the need to enhance the professionalism of women journalists in Nigeria through the improvement of skills, the Institute for Media and Society, IMS, has trained another group of broadcast women journalists in digital multimedia storytelling by the funding support of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria Project II.

Welcoming the participants, to Port Harcourt Rivers State, the Institute for Media and Society, IMS, Programme Manager, Mr Timothy Bamidele, submitted that so far 78 women broadcast journalists have been trained in digital storytelling, since the beginning of the second phase of European Union Support to Democratic Governance.

The Programme Manager highlighted that the training activity is under Component 4 in the EU-SDGN project II and aimed at providing support to Media in Nigeria

Mr Bamidele stressed that the action is intended to contribute to strengthening democratic governance in Nigeria through increased engagements and improved capacity of a wide range of media stakeholders in Nigeria, including media professionals, and targeting the following results areas: that Professionalism of media practitioners, especially women is enhanced; Media professional capacity to deal with electoral misinformation/disinformation Strengthened; Media platforms’ ability to diversify, deepen the coverage of the electoral process and delivery of civic and voter education is enhanced.

The activity will further help to meet the demand for more capacity building and production of professionally, digitally, and inclusively developed content for the electoral process by female broadcast journalists, focusing on post-election issues” Bamidele, submitted.

Two digital trainers, Mr Usifo Omozokpea and Mrs Ehi Ohiani took participants through areas such as reporting the electoral cycle, digital tools for content creation and the digital storytelling process among others.

They urged the participants to take advantage of the new media space to crowdsource, connect, create and distribute content relevant to social discourse for national development.

Highlight of the training is the development of work plan by the participants for content creation in line with skills they were thought and with narrative perspective on post election issues.

Broadcast women journalists from 9 states including Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Oyo, Ondo, and Ekiti attended the two-day digital capacity training.
Participants thanked IMS and the European Union Support to Democratic Governance for providing the platform, which they described as having a high impact.