Women Radio 91.7 through ReportHer Awards has awarded Arise News, Voice of Nigeria, Blue Print Newspaper and Techcabal for their commitment to reporting women.
Titilope Fadare, a senior reporter at Premium Times Nigeria, won the Individual Journalist category as the journalist that interviewed, covered, and reported more women’s stories, ensured gender-balanced reportage and emerged as the ReportHer Journalist of the Year.
Fadare was awarded a scholarship at the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom courtesy of UNwomen and the Government of Canada.
Mr. Lanre Arogundade who spoke on behalf of the board of judges revealed that the selection period was from March 2022 to March 2023 and highlighted the basis of selection which included the informative nature of the entries, ethics and professionalism, social responsibility of journalists on the female gender reportage, the extent to which women were used as news sources and the 50-50 representation of women in everyday stories.
Wale Olanrewaju, Chairman NUJ Ogun State Council thanked Women Radio for its dedication to amplifying the voices of women and urged UNwomen and Women Radio to extend training to the media in Ogun State.
The 2023 ReportHer Awards received 106 entries. Judges are Ene Ede, gender advocate and publisher of the Woman Today newspaper; Lanre Arogundaade, Executive Director of the International Press Centre (IPC); Chinonso Clark CEO Lead for Good Africa; and Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive Officer of Connected Development (CODE).
Toun Okewale Sonaiya, co-founder Women Radio 91.7 thanked media owners, executives, editors, and journalists who break stereotypes in their reportage of Women, especially during the 2023 election, and urged the winners not to rest on their oars as there is more to be done to achieve a 50:50 balanced reportage of men and women. Okewale Sonaiya noted that “2024 ReportHer Awards will expand to photographic journalists categories and we must adopt a deliberate commitment to report women more and increase female representation in the media”.
The ReportHer Award is an initiative of Women Radio 91.7 in partnership with the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) and supported by UN Women and the Government of Canada.