The Women Radio Centre, the first female academy established to train women in the media, has commenced a one-week intensive training for female journalists in Nigeria.
Supported by MacArthur Foundation, the training gathered together female journalists from print, broadcast, and online media platforms across Nigeria.
While giving her welcome remarks at the training, Toun Okewale-Sonaiya, the Managing Director, WRC, congratulated the 20 selected applicants from the 6 geo-political zones across Nigeria, noting that 810 journalists applied with 9 applicants from outside of Nigeria.
Okewale-Sonaiya urged the participants to use the opportunity to promote women and produce stories that would amplify the voices of Nigerian women.
“We have gathered experts who are the best in the profession and our goal is to raise the next generation of female investigative journalists. There are 13 faculty in total and I would advise that you suck out everything in them.
“It is hoped that at the end of the training, you will commit to unearth and uncover those stories that affect women and girls, with the overall goal of amplifying the voices of women,” she added.
The training, which seeks to equip 20 Female journalists with tools to carry out investigative journalism from the woman angle, featured different topics ranging from background to investigative reporting, investigative reporting from a gender perspective, pitching stories, safety tips among others.
Facilitators include Deji Bademosi, Founder TV360 Nigeria, Dr. Suleiman Yar’Adua and Dr. Ruqayyah Aliyu of Bayero University Kano, Dr. Raheemat Adeniran of Lagos State University, Dr. Adma Adamu of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Motunrayo Alaka of Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative journalism, Juliana Francis of Eagle Online, Fisayo Soyombo of Foundation for Investigative Journalism, among others.