Journalists in Nigeria have been challenged to focus and write more stories proffering solutions to identified challenges in the country.
The challenge was thrown by facilitators of the Solution and Data Journalism Academy, School of Media and Communication, SMC, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, during the opening of the 2nd run of the Academy.
The Solution and Data Journalism Academy is a ten-day intensive programme, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in conjunction with the SMC.
Twenty journalists, selected from broadcast, print and digital media across the Country are participating in the programme.
In his opening remarks, the Dean, School of Media and Communication, Dr. Mike Okolo explained that the programme is targeted at preparing the participating journalists to become advocates and catalysts for change and development in the Country.
He said “those things that can change the society, make impacts on the economy of the country, so we are going to be expecting a lot from you as soon as you finish this programme and I urge you to take it to heart, learn a lot and be ready to make the dried change, we need that change”
On her part, one of the facilitators, Ms Fatimah Abubakar-Alkali advised participants to share the knowledge they would acquire over the next ten days so that Nigeria would have a network of journalists prepared to change the narrative by focusing reportage on solutions rather than highlighting problems.
“I am challenging you for us to work together and create that change that we want to see, act as influencers for your peers do it in such a way that you are the candle that shine the light, let them.leaen from you, start a revolution so that news coming out of Nigeria is looked at in a different way” she said.
Participants will also be exposed to a six-month mentorship programme during which they are expected to broadcast and publish stories on financial inclusion, fiscal policy, health and nutrition as well as Agriculture.