The Dangote Group, in collaboration with the Climate Africa Media Initiative and Centre (CAMIC), organized an Environmental Journalism Workshop in Lagos.
The primary objective of this workshop was to train journalists in the field of environmental sustainability reporting.
The event took place at the NECA Event Centre in Ikeja on Wednesday, October 4th, and was themed “Reporting the Environment for Sustainability.”
During his opening remarks, Mr. Aliu Akoshile, the Executive Director of CAMIC, highlighted the inadequate coverage of environmental issues in the media.
He urged participants to prioritize reporting on environmental matters, emphasizing that the International Press Institute (IPI) conference resolution recommends journalists take a special interest in environmental reporting.
He also emphasized the importance of highlighting Dangote’s sustainability efforts in preserving the environment, which often goes unnoticed by the media.
In his presentation on “Journalism and Climate Change,” Akoshile encouraged journalists to engage in solution-oriented journalism when reporting on the environment.
He stressed the importance of fact-checking and urged journalists to seek partnerships, funding, and cooperation with NGOs, engage local communities, and include indigenous voices in climate change reporting.
Mr. Allwell Okpi, a research analyst at Africa Check, delivered a presentation on “Fact-Checking and Investigative Journalism.”
He explained the fact-checking process, compared it with investigative journalism, and provided guidance on what to fact-check when reporting events.