Nigeria: Varsity Don Tasks Journalists On Conflict Reporting

By Abbas Jimoh A lecturer at the Journalism and Citizen Media Department of Communication Kennesaw…

Georgia (Dec 4, 2015)


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A lecturer at the Journalism and Citizen Media Department of Communication Kennesaw State University (KSU), Georgia United States, Prof. Farooq Kperogi, has tasked Nigerian journalists to evolve mechanism of resolving conflicts through their reportage.

He gave the advice in Abuja at a two-day training workshop on Conflict Sensitive Communications (CSC) for Newspapers and online Editor organised by the Nigeria Stabilisation and Reconciliation Program (NSRP).

Kperogi who is also columnist with Daily Trust Newspapers said the traditional media still have important roles to play in resolving conflicts despite the immediacy advantage the online and social media have.

He said the application of accuracy, verifiability, balance, responsibility and other principles of good journalism in conflict reporting will go a long way to aid reporters avoid the pitfalls of escalating conflict in their reporting.

"Conflict sensitive reporting is also called Peace Journalism and journalist should avoid innuendos, adjectives and other inflammatory words capable of escalating conflicts rather than resolving them," Kperogi said. …


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