Group Advocates Ease of Information Access for Environmental Reporters

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Group Advocates Ease of Information Access for Environmental Reporters

…Organizes capacity building on environmental reporting

Priscilla Christopher

An independent media body known as Media Awareness and Justice Initiative (MAJI) has advocated the ease of information access for journalists reporting happenings in the environment.

The body which acts with support from the French Embassy in Nigeria made the advocacy on Thursday, August 5 in Uyo, during its ‘Capacity Building on Environmental Reporting, using Data Analysis and Participatory Media Tools for Journalists in Akwa Ibom State’.

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At the event, selected journalists were introduced to data collation and analysis for environmental reporting and its importance to everyday journalism, as well as qualitative environmental reporting using Data analysis and participatory media, under the Data Casting Biodiversity (DATACAB) Project.

The anchor persons, Mr. Ikechukwu Ahaka and Mr. Okoro Onyekachi harped on the need to help environmental reporters with the requisite data necessary to file their reports, using the most helpful means and formats such as infographics, multimedia, documentary, statistics, , figures and tools.

They furthered that the absence of accurate statistics was the reason for under reportage of environmental issues such as: erosion, flood, oil spillage and etc in interior communities, making it difficult for the victims to assess help from relevant stakeholders, organizations and the government.

Subsequently, MAJI is poised at helping environmental journalists with data needed to carry out their jobs effectively to enable the attraction of maximum attention to red-flag communities.

According to Mrs. Nnenna, MAJI supports independent media projects, development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for community use and promotes participatory citizen journalism initiative to increase transparency as well as accountability.

They work in areas of unbalanced news outlets, support individual and groups to produce media in various accessible forms on relevant issues and topics, and work together with groups and social movements for social, economic, cultural and environmental justice by helping them use media and communication technologies to inform, organize, mobilize and further their struggle to create a better society.