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Soyinka Centre Trains Journalists On Investigative Journalism


BUOYED by the need for the resurgence of investigative journalism among media houses in Nigeria, the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism has concluded its training of 203 Nigerian journalists.

  The journalists were drawn major newspaper and television houses in Lagos and Abuja. 

  The initiative, which was in partnership with the British High Commission, took advocacy for investigative reporting from one media house in Nigeria to the other. The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism in Nigeria is part of  the pilot edition centred to Pro-Engage: House-to-House project. 

  In a statement signed by the centre’s coordinator, Motunrayo Alaka, the training provided capacity support for the creation and improvement of investigative reporting desks in eight selected media houses in Lagos and Abuja. 

  “The Wole Soyinka Centre staff, alongside its faculty comprising veteran investigative journalism professionals, visited seven media houses to conduct the training for members of staff and followed up with workshops for representatives of the eight media houses.”

  Alaka said continuous training and retraining of media professionals was essential to ensure the revival of investigative journalism

  She submitted “the centre was convinced that the intervention will contribute to improved thoroughness of news reporting and better position the Nigerian media to effectively perform its role in shaping the polity.” 

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