Journalists should be updated on modern trends - Bala

  The Chairman of Daily Trust Foundation, Alhaji Bilya Bala, has called for consistent training of journalists across Nigeria, saying that s...

 

The Chairman of Daily Trust Foundation, Alhaji Bilya Bala, has called for consistent training of journalists across Nigeria, saying that such would help them to be abreast and updated on modern trends.

He noted that Nigeria would be a better place if trained journalists deploy their expertise in their reportage.

Bala, who was represented by a Director of Media Trust Limited (MTL) and former Editor-in-Chief of Daily Trust Newspapers, Malam Mannir Dan-Ali, stated in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital during the opening of a three-day Regional Investigative/Multimedia Journalism Training organised for South East & South-South by Daily Trust Foundation, which was supported by MacArthur Foundation.

According to him, “Daily Trust Foundation believes that skilled journalists always remain relevant in anywhere or society they find themselves. This training was borne out of the need to keep journalists in Nigeria updated on modern trends.

“We have intervened in so many areas.Training is just one important arm of what we are doing. We believe that as journalists, if we do our bit, Nigeria will be a better place. We always try to improve the skills of our colleagues.”

In corroboration, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Ini Ememobong in his remarks, canvassed regular training for Nigerian Journalists in order to assist them improve their skills in their practice.

He, however, commended the foundation for the training even as he harped on the need for training on patriotic reportage to avoid driving investors away from the country.

He also called on Nigerian journalists to look beyond government activities and beam their searchlights on Corporate organizations especially International Oil Companies (IOCs.

His words: “This media investigative /multimedia journalism training is of great importance. Learning is a life-long thing. You die the same day you stop learning. We as individuals have a major role to play in bringing about a safe Nigeria.

“You can, by your report, pull a prosperous society into depression. Let me also use this opportunity to advise journalists in Nigeria to expand their attention from the government, look beyond government to some corporate organizations and citizens.

“Also my appeal is that we must find a way to engage in patriotic reportage. If you over-report the negative of your place and put it outside , you will drive investors away.”

Our correspondent reports that the foundation trains over 30 journalists drawn from various media houses across the South South, South East part of the country.

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