Xchange Hama Media, a Bauchi based digital platform has trained 30 journalists in Bauchi, on investigative reporting and data journalism.

The training aimed to equip participants with valuable insights and hands-on experience in investigative journalism to promote accountability and positive changes in their society.

The program, part of Collaborative Media Engagement in partnership with the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism and supported by the MacArthur Foundation, provided participants with expert guidance and exposed them to the intricacies of investigative journalism, evidence-based reporting, and generating impactful investigative content.

Speaking on behalf of Hama Media, the Executive Director, Dr. Ibrahim Disina, Program Director Alh. Adamu Imam emphasized the importance of elevating journalists’ expertise in investigative journalism.

During the event, renowned Mass Communication professor Umaru Pate shared concerns about the challenges facing journalism globally, citing a crisis of credibility and relevance. He emphasized the need for media organizations to build trust with their audience and adapt to changing news consumption patterns, including the shift towards online platforms.

The three-day training featured media trainers: Haruna Mohammed, Abdullateef Abubakar Jos, and Ajibola Amzat, who exposed participants to various aspects of investigative journalism, evidence-based reporting, and the production of impactful investigative and accountability journalism.

The participants, drawn from print, online, and broadcast media, along with student journalists from the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi and Federal University, Kashere, Gombe
State were shortlisted and paired with mentors to produce impactful stories.


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