Search for Common Ground (SFCG), an international NGO, has trained more than 30 journalists in Abuja to equip them with the necessary skills in conflict and sensitive reporting and mitigating misinformation and disinformation.
The NGO organized the training with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) to prepare journalists for the general elections in 2023. journalism and networking, the role of the media as agents of change, the promotion of peace and democratic values in news reporting. It also trained participants in the use of technology to track fake news, among others. Mr. Perry Tukuwei, Project Coordinator, SFCG and a Mr. Perry Tukuwei, Project Coordinator, SFCG and specialist in elections and government, told the News Agency that the training was organized for journalists, broadcasters and influential people in social networks, among others. from Nigeria that the training was organized for journalists, broadcasters and social media influencers, among others. He said the capacity of civil society organizations w as well as strengthened sensible principles in the office, as well as steps to mitigate hate speech. Tukuwei emphasized that the training would strengthen the capacity of journalists to be agents of change to drive the conversation of inclusive governance processes for women, youth, people with disabilities (PWD). ) and internally displaced persons. “We look forward to seeing how we can mitigate the rise of hate speech, misinformation and disinformation; we know that the fourth estate of the kingdom plays a key role in the formation of narratives and stereotypes. “Once we build the capacity of media stakeholders, they can start to push these messages within their networks and we can change the negative narratives.” At the end of this training, we want journalists to keep in mind that we are training them on a common approach,” he said. Tukuwei also pointed out that media professionals needed to work together for success. he said that one of the action plans of the training would be to establish a Common Ground Journalism Forum so that journalists can carry out initiatives to promote democracy and inclusion in the electoral process. Tukuwei said the training was also repeated in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun and on a national scale due to the presidential elections and more will be held when the off-cycle elections come. Mr. Temisan Etietsola, National Media Specialist, SFCG, said media professionals were needed to contribute to peacebuilding and social change. Etietsola said that the media can also play a role in building trust, finding solutions, inspiring, educating and entertaining the nation without compromising the basic principles of true journalism. tensions, the media have a crucial role to play; they can inflame the situation or they can use their considerable power to defuse the tension. “In other words, they can be part of the problem or they can be part of the solution; the media can provide four key things to enable social change. “Journalists can clarify issues and raise awareness, counter rumors, and provide accurate and reliable news and information,” he said. Etietsola called on journalists to always examine issues impartially and such issues inclusively, reflecting diverse perspectives. He also urged them to give voice to the voiceless, allow dialogue and understanding, respect the interests of others, and propose options and solutions to conflicts. He called on journalists to seek solutions and strengthen relationships, reduce stereotypes, prejudices and misconceptions, and encourage flexibility and openness towards others.
Edited / Alli Hakeem
Source Credit: NAN
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