Daily Trust Foundation trained 193 journalists in 2022

The Daily Trust Foundation, with support from MacArthur Foundation in 2022, trained 193 journalists, comprising 115 males and 78 females. These journalists were drawn from over 40 media organizations, across print, online, television, and radio, and from all parts of Nigeria. The training conducted included Documentary Production for Agriculture Reporters; Crime Reporting and Investigation; Broadcast Investigation; Budget Tracking and Investigating Public Expenditure in the North-West (Kano), Budget Tracking and Investigating Public Expenditure in the South-South (Calabar); Digital Marketing; Media Entrepreneurship and Management; and Documentary Film-making. Others are a two-month training on Multimedia Investigative Reporting and a workshop on Dis-information, Mis-information, and Mal-information during elections.  Below are details about training activities:

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION FOR AGRICULTURE REPORTERS

The first workshop in 2022 was on digital and television documentary production, with an emphasis on the agricultural sector. The objective of the training was to help journalists understand how to use mobile phones to do multimedia investigative reporting.  The three-day training at the Daily Trust Foundation Training Hall, Abuja, began on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, and ended on Friday, February 11, 2022.

Perry During Taking Participants Through His Session

The facilitators included former BBC digital editor Perry During; Head of Documentary Production at Trust TV, Jonathan Zamani; a former Editor-in-Chief of Daily Trust, Mannir Dan Ali; a former BBC producer, Olaoluwa Akinrowo; and an Assistant Director with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Mohammed Ali.

 

The topics covered included the following:

  • Reporting the Agricultural Sector;
  • Mobile Journalism;
  • Handling the Camera;
  • Introduction to Video Production;
  • Video Editing Using Mobile Apps; and
  • Solutions-Based Reporting.

There were 26 participants in this training, made up of 16 males and 10 females. These participants were drawn from Daily Trust, Leadership, Peoples Daily, Naturenews, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Africa Independent Television (AIT), TrustTV, The Authority, Nature News, Daily Nigeria, NewsDiary, PRIMORG, Connected Development, The Insight, National Accord, Blueprint, and PR Nigeria.

 

REPORTING & INVESTIGATING CRIME

The objective of this training was to help journalists understand the crime situation in Nigeria, the challenges of reporting crime, and how to investigate suspected criminal activities. The two-day training began on Monday, March 7, 2022, and ended on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at the Daily Trust Foundation Training Hall, Abuja.  The facilitators included a former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Lawrence Alobi; a former Editor-in-Chief of Daily Trust, Mannir Dan-Ali; a media lawyer, Barrister Kabiru Bala; a publisher of Lagos-based online newspaper, Sakibu Olokojobi; and Editor of Agriculture Desk of Daily Trust, Husseini Yahaya.

The topics included the following:

  • Map of Crimes in Nigeria;
  • Humanizing the Crime Story;
  • Law and Crime Reporting;
  • City and Crime Reporting: Sources, Strategies, and Ethics;
  • Do’s and Don’ts in Writing Crime Stories;
  • Safety Measures in Covering Dangerous Assignments; and
  • Strategies for Reporting Crime in Nigeria.

 

There were 24 participants in this training, made up of 13 males and 11 females. These participants were drawn from Daily Trust, Leadership, Peoples Daily, Naturenews, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Africa Independent Television (AIT), TrustTV, The Authority, Nature News, Daily Nigeria, NewsDiary, PRIMORG, Connected Development, The Insight, National Accord, Blueprint, and PR Nigeria.

A view of journalists of the training

 

BROADCAST INVESTIGATION

The Foundation put together a three-day training on Broadcast Investigation. This training was designed to help journalists develop techniques for television and digital investigation. The three-day training began on Monday, May 23, 2022, and ended on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at the Daily Trust Foundation Training Hall, Abuja.

Award winning journalist, Fidelis Mba, taking journalists through his session

The facilitators included a journalist with Al-Jazeera, Fidelis Mbah; a senior lecturer with City, University of London, Dr. Tasiu Abdullahi; former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) digital editors Olaoluwa Akinrowo and Perry During; an investigative journalist with Civic Media Lab, Habibu Oladapo; an Abuja-based media lawyer, Barrister Daniel Makoko; and the Chief Executive Officer of Trust TV, Ibrahim Shehu.

The topics covered included the following:

  • Planning the TV Investigation: First Things First;
  • Significance of Broadcast Investigation and Safety Measures;
  • Handling the Camera;
  • Creativity in TV Production;
  • How to Use a Spy Camera;
  • Conducting an Investigative Interview;
  • Law of Privacy; and
  • TV and Digital Production.

 

There were 30 journalists from the following media, made up of 18 males and 12 females. These participants were drawn from Daily Trust, Leadership, Peoples Daily, Naturenews, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Africa Independent Television (AIT), TrustTV, The Authority, Nature News, Daily Nigeria, NewsDiary, PRIMORG, Connected Development, The Insight, National Accord, Blueprint, and PR Nigeria.

 

 

BUDGET TRACKING AND INVESTIGATING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE (KANO)

The first leg of the training on Budget Tracking and Investigating Public Expenditure for journalists was held in the North-West.   The objective of the training was to deepen journalists’ understanding of how to hold government accountable at the lower tiers, local and state governments, by monitoring revenue collections and implementation of projects captured in their budgets. The three-day training began on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, and ended on Friday, June 10, 2022, at the Guest Pride Hotel, Farm Centre, Kano.

Some journalists during the training

The facilitators at the training included a former Kano State Commissioner for Finance, Professor Kabir Isah Dandago; Charles Mbah of Dataphyte, and Atiku Samuel of the International Budget Partnership in Nigeria.

The topics included the following:

  • Understanding Budget Process;
  • Factors and Challenges of Budget Implementation;
  • How to Track Budgets;
  • Nigeria’s Procurement Law;
  • How to Mine Budget Data;
  • Analyzing, Interpreting, and Investigating Public Expenditure.
  • Group Work.

 

 There were 25 journalists, made up of 15 males and 10 females, from the following media: Daily Trust, FRCN, NAN, The Nation, Arise TV, Legacy Newspaper, Channels TV, Freedom Radio, PrimeTime News, Radio Jigawa, Radio Kano, Leadership, Daily Sun, and NTA. The attendance comprised 18 males and 7 females.

 

 

BUDGET TRACKING AND INVESTIGATING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE (CALABAR)

The second leg of the training on Budget Tracking and Investigating Public Expenditure for journalists took place in the South-South.  The three-day training began on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, and ended on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at the Channel View Hotel, Calabar, Cross River State.

 

Chairman, Daily Trust Foundation, Alhaji Bilya Bala addressing journalists in Calabar, Cross River State.
Dr. Peter Oti, a former Special Adviser, Budget Implementation, to former Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, during his session

The facilitators at the training included Dr. Peter Oti, a former Special Adviser, Budget Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation to former Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State; Dr. Tonye Clinton Jaja, who works with the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Abuja; Abiola Rasak, Head, Corporate Strategy Central Securities Clearing System; and Damilola Oyetunde, who works with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

 

There were 28 journalists, made up of 15 males and 13 females, drawn from the six South-South States, including Bayelsa, Edo, Cross River, Delta, Rivers, and, Akwa Ibom. They came from the following media organizations: Daily Trust, Atlantic Television, Daily Asset, Daily Independent, Cross River Broadcasting Corporation, Crown FM, News Agency of Nigeria, Radio Nigeria, Creek FM, Star Cross T.V, NTA, Sparkling FM, The Guardian, The Nation, The Will Newspaper, Sun Newspaper, and Voice of Nigeria.

 

DIGITAL MARKETING

The two-month training on Digital Marketing was conducted under our media sustainability project, Media Enterprise Lab. This project is a direct response to the challenges journalists encounter if they lose their formal employment. This training at the Daily Trust Foundation Training Hall, 20 P.O.W Mafemi Crescent, Abuja, began on Monday, August 22, 2022, and ended on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. The training was designed to help media and journalism professionals to build a new career out of low-hanging skills acquired on the job.

One of the facilitators, Segun Abdulazeez, took journalists through his session.

The facilitators included the following: Hassan Abdul of Media Range Limited, and several experts in the sector, among them Franklyn Ginger Eke, Segun Abdulaziz, Miraculous Nwaka, Elijah Affi, Ekio Aziba, Chris Olunubi, Benjamin Danjuma, and Yushau Shuaib.

Attendance by Gender

 

Participants comprised journalists from the following organizations: Daily Trust, Peoples Daily, Blueprint, The Authority, PR Nigeria, Daily Nigereia, The Insight, The Nation, Legacy Newspaper, and Talent Upgrade Global Concepts. There were fifteen (15) participants in the training, comprising nine males and six females.

Attendance by Media

The topics included the following:

  • The Digital Space in Nigeria;
  • Introduction to Digital Marketing;
  • Building a Digital Strategy;
  • Content Marketing;
  • Digital Media Planning and Buying;
  • Building a Digital Marketing Business;
  • Campaign Creation for Clients;
  • E-mail Marketing;
  • Video Marketing;
  • Understanding Digital Analytics;
  • Online Reputation Management;
  • Fundamentals of Marketing; and
  • Reporting and Evaluation.

 

MEDIA MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP

The three-day workshop on Media Management and Entrepreneurship began on Monday, October 10, 2022, and ended on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. It was held at 3Js Hotels Diamond Hall, 31 P.O.W Mafemi Crescent, Abuja. The workshop was borne out of the need to expose media executives to the kinds of knowledge they must acquire to effectively fashion the way forward for their organizations in the age of the Internet.

The former Chief Operating Officer of Daily Trust, Chief Isiaq Ajibola took editors through his session

The facilitators included the following industry personalities: the Chairman of Media Trust Group, Malam Kabir Yusuf; the Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Kashere, Gombe, Prof Umar Pate;  Publisher of NatureNews, Aliu Akoshile; former Chief Operating Officer of Daily Trust, Chief Isiaq Ajibola; and other media experts:  Mrs. Helen Bassey Osijo; Dr. Hussaini Mohammed; Shehu O. Mohammed; Azubuike Ishiekwene; Dr. Akin Akingbulu; and Dr. Isaq Modibbo Kawu.

Attendance by Gender

 

The topics for the workshop include the following:

  • Leadership and Management: Lessons for Media Managers;
  • Contemporary Global and Local Media Landscape:
  • Imperatives for Sustainability;
  • How to Build a Sustainable Media Brand
  • How to Build Multiple Revenue Streams;
  • Nigeria’s Economic Environment and The Media;
  • Organizational Growth: The Role of Strategic Planning;
  • Building a Winning Team: Role of Organizational Communication;
  • Principles and Practice of Media Risk Analysis;
  • Finance for Non-Finance Media Leaders: What to Know and How to Monitor the Numbers;
  • Creativity, Innovation, and Diversification: New Directions for the Media;
  • Research and Audience Analysis for Media Marketing & Innovation; and
  • Media Regulatory Environment in Nigeria: Policies and Laws.
  • Attendance by Media

There were 28 participants, made up of 16 males and 12 females, drawn from the following media organizations: Daily Trust, TrustTV, Landmark Radio, Blueprint, Leadership, Badeggi Radio, ICIR, Freedom Radio, NTA, Caliphate Radio, Daily Nigerian, NatureNews, Unity Radio, Zamani TV, Aminiya, The Authority, Premier FM, and People’s Daily.

 

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

The training on Documentary Film-making began on Monday, November 29, 2022, and ended on Tuesday, December 21, 2022, at the Daily Trust Foundation Training Hall, 20 P.O.W Mafemi Crescent, Abuja.

Olaoluwa Akinrowo during his session on Documentary Filmmaking Training

The training, which was practical and hands-on, was the send of the Media Enterprise Lab project for the year. The facilitators included Perry During and Olaoluwa Akinrowo, who both work at Visual Flow Media.

The topics for this training included:

  • Introduction to Film-making
  • Camera Basics
  • Sound and Light Techniques
  • How to Record an Interview
  • How to Shoot a Drama Scene
  • Elements of Documentary
  • Script Development
  • Documentary Production Process
  • Video Editing
  • Post-Production & After Effect, and
  • Practical Group Work.

 

There were 17 participants, comprising 10 males and 7 females.

 

 

 

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