By Ridwanullahi Odofin
Following the collaboration with BBC, Dataphyte, Premium Times, and Others, the Saliu Mustapha Foundation has announced a 3-day media workshop for Kwara-based online journalists.
The workshop will focus on different aspects of journalism such as investigations, data and fact-checking, and the multimedia. Other areas of focus are ethical journalism, newsroom management; opportunity, prospects and challenges of online media practice among others.
The Director-General, Saliu Mustapha Foundation, Ambali Shuiab Adebayo said this in a statement made available to the press in Ilorin.
Ambali noted that the training is part of efforts to help online news mediums and journalists in the state improve on their reportage, enhance the practice of ethical journalism and inform them on the dynamics birthed by technological advancement.
According to him, “The importance of courageous journalism in the time of adversity cannot be overemphasised and the Saliu Mustapha Foundation shares the idea that democracy needs a robust and vibrant media to function at an optimal level.
“To make this a reality, we have partnered journalists and academics from different parts of the country. Amongst others, we have confirmed the attendances of ace media practitioners from the British Broadcasting company (BBC), Dataphyte, Premium Times and dons from the University of Ilorin.
“Five facilitators from different sections of the media will train over 30 journalists from among the robustly growing number of media practitioners in Kwara state.”
“The participants will be engaged for a maximum of five hours, between 9:00am and 2:00pm daily, for the three days. The programme also promises a hackathon session and unlimited access to the facilitators for mentorship after the workshop.
“The training will hold between Thursday July 15th and Saturday, July 17th at Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
“Formal invitations have been sent to all participating media houses, who in turn have accepted same, and have expressed their enthusiasm to attend the one-of-a-kind event.”
The Director-General added that the chairman of the foundation, Mallam Saliu Mustapha, who is currently in Paris, would participate virtually.
He further emphasised that Saliu Mustapha Foundation is a non-profit organisation created more than a decade ago for the purposes of youth entrepreneurship, women empowerment, community development, and human capital growth in Kwara State.