The focus of the training is to give journalists a fresh news writing paradigm that would promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation amongst conflicting groups.
Fifteen journalists working in the volatile Northeast Nigeria are currently undergoing training on how to use their reports to address the Boko Haram conflict that has claimed many lives in the last two years.
The training, which is holding in Abuja, the nation’s capital, has journalists selected from different media houses and based in Borno and Yobe.
The focus of the training is to give journalists a fresh news writing paradigm that would promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation amongst conflicting groups, as against the traditional spotlighting of only the violence in the conflict.
The organizers of the training, the Nigerian Stability and Reconciliatory Programme (an outfit for promoting peace in the country), said it is concerned about the role of the media especially in helping to bring the conflict to an end through the promotion of ‘Peace Journalism’.
An NSRP officer, Lauratu Abdulsalam, told participants at the opening of the weeklong session that the aim of the training is to equip journalists in conflict zones with a better understanding on how to go about doing their jobs, especially promoting peace through journalism.
NSRP is an international programme funded by the British government through the Department for International Development, DFID, and managed by the British Council in consortium with NGOs in the United Kingdom comprising of International Alert, Social Development Direct and Safer World.
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