To avert possible professional follies in the execution of their briefs, the International Press Centre (IPC), Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos State, South-West Nigeria, is training Nigerian media practitioners on how to cover the 2023 General Elections properly.
The training holding on Tuesday would feature discussions on the findings of monitoring in October and November 2022 and presentation of the revised Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage.
The IPC Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, said that the analysis of the media monitoring report of the 2023 elections was pivotal in determining the extent to which the elections can be said to be inclusive.
Arogundade said that the IPC would present a performance scorecard by the monitored media based on their promotion of inclusive issues in their coverage and reportage of the electoral processes.
He said that the convergence would attract stakeholders from the media, civil society, academia, regulatory bodies and other relevant organisations , and would present the opportunity for the media monitoring report to be assessed.
Arogundade explained that the overall goal of the media component was to support the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria, with the media helping to facilitate the key ingredient of credible elections through engagement and professionalism in coverage and reportage of the electoral processes.
“The media monitoring is one of the activities being implemented by IPC under an EU- (European Union-funded) funded project.
“The project involves strengthening the media for fair, accurate, ethical, and inclusive coverage of the electoral processes and elections in Nigeria,” he said.
Arogundade listed the newspapers monitored by the IPC as follows: The Punch, The Guardian, Daily Sun, Vanguard, ThisDay, Nigerian Tribune, The Nation, Leadership, Daily Trust, and Daily Independent.
The five online media outlets, according to him, include The Cable, The Premium Times, Eagle Online, RealNews and The Authority.
“Also monitored are the news portal (website) and the Twitter handles of Nigeria’s election management body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)”, the IPC boss said.
Professor Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika of the Department of Mass Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, is the reviewer of the reports, while the General Secretary, Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mr. Iyobosa Uwugiaren; and the Coordinator of the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) and the Vice President, North Central, the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN), Dr. Chido Onumah, are the lead discussants.
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