In its bid to contribute to national development and set agenda forthe media on development of Nigeria’s rural communities, an NGO,International Press Centre (IPC), has trained journalists on rural andpoverty reporting in Lagos.
At a one-day capacity building workshop and engagement on solution-driven rural poverty reporting, organised by IPC in collaboration with World Association for Christian Communication(WACC), journalists from various media houses were provided with tips on rural poverty reporting at the event held at the International Press Centre, Ogba, Lagos.
The training, organised under a project, titled “Mentoring and CSO/Media Engagement for Solution-Driven Rural Poverty Reporting,” seeks to provide mentoring for journalists who would later proceed to investigate and report selected communities.
The workshop, which focused on equipping journalists with skills on investigative, in-depth reporting of diverse poverty issues and challenges faced by people living in select rural communities in Lagos, had Associate Professor and Head of Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, Dr. Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika and Mr. Lanre Arogundade, Director, IPC, facilitating sessions.
In her presentation, titled, “Reporting Poverty and Development: TheMedia As Agenda Setters And Agents To Engender Grass RootDevelopment,” Dr. Ogwezzy-Ndisika, enjoined participating journalists to look beyond the usual news items to focus on things that can engender development of the rural and poverty stricken communities.
In his own submission, Chairman of the International Press Centre, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, who titled his presentation, “Reporting Rural Poverty Issues: Skills And Methodologies for Conducting Investigations and In-Depth Reports On Rural Poverty Conditions,” tasks journalists on the need to develop themselves and acquire necessary skills.
His practical session also had a segment on “Following the Poverty Issue: Using 5Ws and H as guide,” as well as “stakeholders’ analysis of poverty issues.”
The workshop also addressed related issues on identifying poverty conditions of communities in Lagos: the causes and the effects, the limitations to the reporting of poverty conditions of the communities and steps towards overcoming the limitations.
Meanwhile, participants agreed that the issues of poverty include many dimensions beyond simple measurement of a household’s expenditure or welfare to include inadequate access to government utilities and services, environmental issues, poor infrastructure, illiteracy and
ignorance, poor health, insecurity, social and political exclusion.
It was, however, recommended that news reporting should give special attention to issue of poverty and development, which would definitely engender grassroots development.
This would also enhance government’s response to the development needs
and challenges of the rural poor.
Story by: Dayo Emmanuel