ICIR of­fers in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism train­ing

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Habibu Umar Aminu

The In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for In­ves­tiga­tive Reporting (ICIR) based in Abuja has an­nounced a two-year in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism train­ing and reporting project for Nige­rian jour­nal­ists.

The pro­gramme is to be con­ducted with fund­ing from the Ford Foun­da­tion, says ICIR’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dayo Aiyetan in a state­ment.

Mr. Aiyetan said the project is aimed at help­ing jour­nal­ists across news­rooms to con­duct in­ves­tiga­tive reporting on is­sues of trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and good gov­er­nance.

He said up to 40 jour­nal­ists would be trained over a two-year pe­riod, start­ing from next month, and funds would also be pro­vided to them to un­der­take in­ves­tiga­tive reporting projects.

Me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions would be re­quired to nom­i­nate can­di­dates for the train­ing but nom­i­nees would have to go through a screen­ing process to qual­ify, Mr. Aiyetan added.

“Those who go through the train­ing would then be in­vited to pitch in­ves­tiga­tive story ideas, the most plau­si­ble and im­pact­ful ones which would be funded with seed money from the Ford Foun­da­tion,” he said.

Suc­cess­ful par­tic­i­pants whose in­ves­tiga­tive reporting projects are cho­sen for fund­ing would re­ceive be­tween N160,000 and N2.4 mil­lion reporting grants. Nom­i­na­tions for the train­ing are open un­til April 30.

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