The International Press Centre (IPC), the lead partner of component 4 (Support to media) of
the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria-Phase II (EUSDGN II)
project has launched a four-series specialised skill-enhancing sessions to equip and enable
female journalists to report public interest issues around the 2023 electoral process from a
deepened gender perspective and using data skills and investigative methods to challenge
stereotypical reporting of the electoral process.
Organised in partnership with the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), the
first leg of the training was held in in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, on 7 November, 2022 with
32 female journalists in attendance, predominantly from the southern parts of the country,
while the second training which is expected to be attended by 35 female journalists selected
from the northern parts of the country, will be held in Abuja on 21 November, 2022.
The specific objective of the media component is to ensure that, “The Media, including New
and Social Media, provides fair, accurate, ethical and inclusive coverage of the Electoral
The overall goal is to “Support the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria with the media
(broadcast, print and online media) helping to facilitate the key ingredient of credible
elections through engagement and professionalism in coverage and reportage of the electoral
The IPC initiative aims to position female journalists to deliver impactful, public-interest and
investigative reporting of the electoral process especially by incorporating the use of data
tools in reporting the electoral process and the elections. The sessions are targeted to place
female journalists at the frontline on elections reporting to write and produce special reports
that is professional, inclusive, conflict-sensitive, fact-checked and data driven.
Participants at the trainings would be required to pitch impactful story ideas for which the
resource person shall be providing mentorship guide and editorial assistance.
The Executive Director IPC, Mr. Larne Arogundade in a statement said that “within the
framework of supporting the media by improving the gender stereotyped representations of
women’s political participation, the skill-enhancing session for the journalists is imperative to
re-direct and prospect opportunities for new impactful and professional reporting of the
electoral process while empowering female journalists as agents of change".
Mrs. Motunrayo Joel, Deputy Editor Africa- Check, Nigeria, Dr. Titi Osuagwu, University of
Port- Harcourt, and Taiwo Obe, Founder Journalism Clinic, facilitated the first training in
Port-Harcourt, incorporating the topics; “Factual accuracy and combating fake news: The
place of fact checking and data use in reporting of 2023 elections”, “Electoral Processes &
2023 Elections: According Priority to Issues of Women and other underrepresented groups”
and “Impactful Reporting of Electoral Processes and 2023 Elections: Focusing on Issues &
Telling Stories That Matter and Conflict-sensitivity and safety in election reporting.
Mrs. Moji Makanjuola, CEO, International Society of Media in Public Health, David Ajikobi,
Nigeria Editor, Africa Check, and Taiwo Obe, Founder Journalism Clinic, will facilitate the
upcoming training in Abuja.
IPC plans to train and mentor a total of 140 female journalists drawn from the print, online
and broadcast media hubs during the pre and post elections cycles.