In the face of thousands of blogs, newspapers, magazines, radio stations, Vlogs, YouTube Channels, TV channels and other media of communication, there are lots of questions needing answers as far as journalists and the developmental process of Nigeria is concerned.
While it is obvious that the fourth estate of the realm is full of quacks and mediocres, the ‘professionally’ and ethically inclined journalists in Nigeria are handy enough to not only call the attention of the society to the numerous problems in the country, but to also bring about positive changes through investigative journalism.
Yes, the real job is dirty, it’s scary and risky, but for how long are journalists going to continue to at least not try?
When there are countless well equipped journalists in Nigeria, why does this administration need “whistle blowers” in order to track down looters and other fraudsters in the country?
How come journalism is becoming so unprofessional and unethical in the country to being practiced only behind closed doors?
What are regulatory bodies such as Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nigerian Press Council (NPC) , National Broadcast Commission and Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) among others doing to ensure that journalism becomes instrumental in shaping Nigeria positively?
Did you know that with just your pen and paper as a journalist, you can bring about tremendous change in Nigeria?
What about going out of your comfort zone into streets and villages and become that voice they never had?
How as a journalist have you helped sensitized the public and the government about thousands of Nigerians dying of unhealthy water in the rural parts of the country?
Did you know that there are parts of Nigeria where education has not yet reached nobody is really aware?
What about the common Nigerian man in the market that has to deal with lots of issues, ranging from environmental hazards, government policies, exploitation and so on without anyone to channel his grievances through to the government?
How have you used your pen and paper to ensure proper security in the country?
It is in this regards that once again, the attention of journalists in Nigeria is been drawn by an award winning journalist, Declan Okpalaeke, while speaking on Friday, March 18th, 2017 at the inaugural investigative journalism training organised by the Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF), as he challenged journalists in Nigeria to embrace investigative journalism and withhold her ethics in order to contribute to good governance as well as bring about positive changes in the country.
“It is only from the knowledge of what should be that you will identify what is wrong.
“Journalists must exploit their individual experiences in pursuing investigative stories. They should also use the experiences of friends and family members. You don’t have to rush a good story, take time to plan. Reportorial skill is the strongest skill you have.”
Onigbinde spoke on the relevance of data advising journalists to see data as a tool in story telling.
“Journalists must be multi-faceted in nature. A journalist should be a data analyst, have knowledge of basic programming, possess an analytical mind, and ultimately be a story teller.
“This project is basically for us to pursue investigative reporting in education and power sectors, especially as it relates to retail corruption — corruption at the low level, as it affects the common people.”
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