After about eight years of dominance in Nigeria civic technology space and expansion into the West Africa region, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) has transformed into the Centre for Journalism Innovation & Development (CJID).
PTCIJ was established in 2014 as a non-governmental organisation. Its mission was to deploy investigative journalism, open data and civic technology tools in the advancement of fundamental human rights, good governance and accountability in the sub-region.
Over the years, PTCIJ has expanded the practice of investigative reporting to an exponential level and given journalism a coherent implication as the principle of holistic news operations in Nigeria through its workshops, fellowships, awards and literacy programmes etc. which have empowered many journalists and institutions.
According to a press release issued on Monday, January 17, 2022, all activities, projects and interventions implemented under PTCIJ still remain valid under CJID and will be continued under the umbrella of The CJID.
The release also stated that the PTCIJ management saw the need to officially expand its scope of activity as a sub-regional organisation in 2019 in a bid to enlarge its mission beyond promoting investigative journalism to now serve as a think tank for innovation and development within the West African media ecosystem.
Explaining the need for the transition to its new name, CJID Chief Executive Officer, Dapo Olorunyomi, said: “The next decade calls for an expanded purpose in the fulfilment of a noble mission to improve governance, promote a community of harmony, and entrench democratic accountability in the West African sub-region.”
In addition to this, the Acting Executive Director of CJID, Tobi Oluwatola, noted that CJID will continue to deepen the agenda-setting and public sphere roles by bringing diverse ideological voices to an evidence-based policy development debate.
He added that CJID will also develop innovative tools to disrupt the production, distribution, and funding of journalistic work.
Oluwatola further said: “The purpose of the journalistic enterprise in democracy is to facilitate development by acting as a watchdog, agenda-setter and public sphere gatekeeper that brings diverse views to resolving the challenges of democratic governance.
“This is what we have been doing for the last three years and our name now needs to reflect this reality. It is important to note that we are here for every newsroom and player in the media ecosystem to ensure that democracy leads to real development and change.”
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