Reporting diversity - Nigeria Print

Region/country: Nigeria

Timeframe/dates: 2001

Funder: The World Bank (Post Conflict Unit)

Partners: The Panos Institute (Washington); Center for War, Peace and the News Media (New York); Independent Journalism Centre (Lagos). [MDI was a partner of the Center for War, Peace and the News Media (CWPNM) on this CWPNM/Panos-led project]

Project Description

A short term project designed to bring together journalists from different ethnic groups, to train them in coverage of diversity-related issues. Project activities focused around the production of a reporting diversity manual for African journalists and a national retreat for print editors and broadcast managers.

The objective of the course was to enable journalists coming from different ethnic backgrounds to understand that there is always a common ground, a basic human interest which put people together regardless of their nationality, religion or ethnicity. The trainer and the journalists would use as their core training material a resource manual produced as part of the project, which would include both conceptual and practical material on diversity, including essays, training modules, case studies, journalistic tool boxes, codes of conduct and legal material.

The production of a 200-page reporting diversity manual entitled”Covering Diversity: A resource and a Training Manual for African Journalists” and a national retreat for print editors and broadcast managers, “Media in Diverse Societies: Roles, Responsibilities and Opportunities” in Ibadan in June 2001.