Pulitzer, UNILAG, Sahara Reporters, others Trains Journalists on Land, Data, Investigative Journalism

Kunle Adelabu

 

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Facilitators of the workshop (L-R) Prof Akinfeleye UNILAG), Mr Sapienza (Pulitzer), Mr Diagne (Africa Check), Mr Sorious (Sierra Leonian journalist) and Mr Sowore (Sahara Reporters)

For two days, selected journalists were taken through modern techniques of reporting in specialized areas by seasoned journalists, data experts and journalism teachers at the campus of the foremost Nigerian University, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) between Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25, 2015.
The 2-day informative, educative and refreshing workshop was hosted by the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting, Washington DC and co-hosted with the University of Lagos, Centre of Excellence in Multimedia Technology & Cinematography, Africa Check and Sahara Reporters, a leading online media.
The timely workshop exposed participants to wide areas of journalism practice ranging from reporting of land matters, data journalism, modern techniques in investigative journalism (including undercover), new media tools, fact-checking questionable claims and media partnership.
It was a two-day of intense and engaging interactive session with seasoned and erudite journalists, law and geography teachers led by Professor Ralph Akinfeleye, a Mass Communication teacher and head of Department, Mass Communication, University of Lagos. Civil society groups/ non-governmental/international organizations like Africa Check, Code for Africa, Budgit, Action Aid, JEI; emerging/new media institutions like Sahara Reporters and Premium Times; Journalism students of the department of Mass Communication, UNILAG; practicing journalists including the award winning and seasoned journalists like Sorious Samura (Sierra Leonean) Ansa Areymeyo and our own Ben Ezeamalu of the Premium Times, another leading online media also took part in the training.
The forum also provided a practical opportunity for the gown and town to interfaced and reviewed existing relationship.
After the 2-day sessions, participants at a workshop on “Data Journalism on Land and Property Matters’’ rose on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, with a call on the government to ensure systematic management of land for its optimum utilisation.
This is contained in a communiqué by the stakeholders and journalists that participated in the workshop organised by Pulitzer Media in Lagos.

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Cross section of participants at the workshop

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Participants during lunch break

Communique
As the statutory custodians of lands in Nigeria courtesy of the 1978 Land Use Decree, State Governments must ensure the systematic management of land in order to achieve optimum utilization, value enhancement, and reduction of slums.

One of the ways to do this is to ensure proper participatory and inclusive mapping and inventory of all lands both on statutory and customary rights.

Governments should embark on proactive lay-outs of all lands, prescribe appropriate usage, and ensure strict compliance among other resolves.

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