The National Union of Campus Journalists (NUCJ), the apex body of all campus journalists in Nigeria has launched her specialized training in ‘various but specific’ areas of journalism, for members across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a press statement by the National Secretary, Uchenna Igwe. In the press statement, the training, which runs from July – December 2021, will focus on issues including media law and ethics, human rights, data and visualization, health, climate and energy, solutions, and development journalism.
According to the national secretary, the training will hold on Zoom, with a live stream on NUCJ Facebook page.
The press statement reads in part, “NUCJ through support from its partners, will also provide data support to enable members participate in the sessions. The purpose of the project is to expose student journalists to current trends, equip them with skills and capacities to contribute to improving society and in preparation for professional newsroom practice.
“The training is be open to our members – over 10,000 drawn from 68 chapters/institutions in Nigeria, with a projected estimate of about 6,000 participants.”
The President of NUCJ, Samuel Ajala said the project will ”expose campus journalists to the coverage of issues concerning human rights, data and visualization, health, climate and energy, solutions and development journalism.”
“The training sessions will be facilitated by seasoned journalists and experts in these selected areas of focus. “To cushion the high cost of data, we will be providing over 500 student journalists with data support. We thank all our partners for their support towards this project. We are open to more partnerships to provide data support to enable more persons participate in the training,” he said.
According to Mr Uchenna, the project is supported by Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), Amnesty International Nigeria and the African Center for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL).