Group trains female Journalists for 2023 elections

By Ekene Okafor

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Thirty women journalists from  South-West Nigeria are upgrading their skills with training on digital multimedia storytelling for the 2023 general elections.

The Institute for Media and Society organised the training with support from the EU funded program Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria.

The Executive Director of the Institute, Professor Akin Akingbulu, said the training on building digital multimedia skills was specifically packaged to equip Nigerians in journalism to contribute to the country’s electoral process.

“Women journalists need to have more active participation in the coverage of the electoral process. We started this by conducting a special baseline study on digital scale status of women Journalists, which provided an insight that informed the capacity building engagement,” he noted.

The Program Manager, Institute for Media and Society, Mr. Timothy Bamidele, said the training would foster a functioning inclusive and representative democracy in Nigeria.

“This is why we are here to empower the media to promote fair and ethical electoral process and combat hate speech and misinformation.”

The President of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Ladi Bala, encouraged the participants to be open to learning new skills in storytelling while being aware of the current political process in the country.

“As journalists, we are critical stakeholders and we cannot afford to toil with the responsibility that we have. The Nigerian society is depending on us as women. Let us stand out in the process”, she said.

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