The International Press Centre (IPC) is set to train 45 Nigerian journalists on investigative health care reporting.
This is coming on the heels of a one-month survey report on coverage of health issues by four Nigerian newspapers – The Punch, Daily Sun, Vanguard and Premium Times.
Through the training, IPC aims to produce the next generation of investigative health journalists whose reporting would be data, fact and solution-driven.
The initiative would also establish the capacity of the media to serve as effective catalysts of fundamental health care reforms.
According to the Executive Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, the survey was conducted to “have baseline information on the state of media reporting of health issues ahead of the training of 45 Nigerian journalists on accountability and impactful reporting of the health sector from this month.”
Arogundade noted that the outcome of the monitoring will be factored into the capacity building program planned for print, broadcast and Online journalists in the South-south, South-west and South-cast gco-political zones of the country.
He added that “the baseline survey and the planned trainings are part of the 6-month Media in Health Care Accountability Project (MeHCAP) being implemented by IPC with the support of the US Consulate General in Lagos.”
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