Nigerian journalists advised to shift from traditional to peace journalism
By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
Practicing Journalists in Nigeria have been called up to as a matter of necessity shift from the traditional journalism which often times brew tension among citizens to a more better peace journalism which always douses tension and promote peaceful coexistence.
The call was made by Spokesperson of the US Embassy in Nigeria, Jeanne Clark during the opening of a 3-day virtual training for Journalists in Nigeria on peace building through reporting.
The virtual training is a collaboration between US Embassy in Nigeria, Channel Institute and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
She said that Journalists have vital roles to play in ensuring that peace reigns in the country which can only be done through accurate reportage of events which will make people have second thoughts on crisis situations.
Jeanne Clark opined that the problem of insecurity currently facing the country is not insurmountable saying that, “with unity of purpose we can face the challenges and get out of it without any problems”.
The US Embassy Spokesperson further said that, “We have kidnappings, banditry and other crimes all over. In all this, conversation is very important within constitutional parlance”.
She then urged the participants from 8 American corners across the country to feel free to interact during the 3 days training with the aim of becoming more peace oriented Journalists away from the traditional journalism.
In his brief remarks, Provost of the Channels Academy, Kingsley Uranta,said that the training is coming at a better time when the country needs such considering the current challenges of insecurity facing the country.
Kingsley Uranta assured that the training though virtually will be of great benefit to the participants if only they will pay attention to the papers that will be presented by experts in peace journalism.