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PRNigeria Trains Journalists on Issues of Ethical Concerns During Health Crisis.

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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By Abba Dukawa, Kano

A Professor of Mass Communication in Bayero University, Prof Umar Faruk Jibril has said Journalists covering COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria are close to being endangered species professionally; this is so because most media organizations care more about reporters raking in stories and revenue more than their safety while covering stories under the epidemic

This was revealed in a training workshop for journalists organized by the PRNigeria Centre for Public Relations and Investigative Journalism in collaboration with the Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo Foundation in Kano.

The workshop was part of the centers’ commitment to training journalists in Nigeria

According to Prof Umar Faruk Jibril, apart from Doctors and Para-Medics, Journalists are the most victim for covid-19 in Nigeria.  To worsen the case, there is no health insurance policy for Journalists, but the media organizations insure their equipment, buildings and properties, adding that journalists have to be very cautious of covid-19.  

Prof Jibril charged journalists to report more statistics of those in the media circle affected by the pandemic and the welfare of their families in order to bring the issues to forward, and be conscious of their personal safety and keep track of latest developments while reporting the covid-19.

Speaking at the workshop, Dr. Sule Yau Sule, another lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication Bayero University and Senior Legislative aide to Senator Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano Central), while presenting a paper titled “Crisis Communication for covid-19,” said in passing communication messages in the time of crisis such as covid-19, a strategic plan geared towards solving the issues must be planned, adopted and evaluated for efficiency.

“You fashion out how the crisis is to be handled. When you have a strategic plan, you don’t stick to one aspect of communication because you are in crisis, depending on the circumstance and target audience, sometimes you may use religious scholars, Jumma’a Mosque sermons, adaidaita (tricycle) riders and any other means to reach your audience.

On his part, an investigative journalist and associate editor with Premium Times online newspaper, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, charged Journalists to work in accordance with the basic principle of the profession and in line with the code of conduct of Journalism practice.

 While speaking on ethical issues in investigative reporting, he charged journalists to conform to the qualities of selflessness and integrity when writing their reports, saying journalists must be careful in identifying story ideas and sources; the world is now in the age of alternative facts, hence the need to go deeper by scratching beyond the surface for accuracy.

Earlier the Manager of PRNigeria Centre Kano, Comrade Adnan Mukhtar Adamu called on the participants to put what they learnt into practice for the benefit of the society.

He said the center assembled journalists from various media organizations and gave them the needed skills for understanding and adapting to issues of ethical concerns, especially during the covid-19 pandemic.

He promised that the center will continue to hold such educative workshops in order equip journalists with best practice of the profession.

In his remark Musa Abdullahi Sufi, the technical adviser of Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo Foundation called on journalists to deploy their skills in going beyond normal reportage. “Look at local issues, things that contribute to the spread of the virus, domestic and sexual violence, massive pregnancy, just name them,” he said.

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Sageer Bashir July 9, 2020 - 8:55 am

It will be very important if the safety of journalist would be considered at the same they should also try to be professional in carrying out their work.


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