Experts Identify Research as Journalists Tool for Agenda Setting
Journalists have been charged to engage more in Investigations that will make political Officeholders accountable to the people while making electioneering promises and after elections.
Speakers at a Media workshop in Lagos made the submission while contributing to the discourse on ‘Using the Freedom of Information Act FOI, for Investigative Reports on Campaign Financing and Covid-19 Accountability Issues’
A resource person and Executive Director, OJA Development Consult, Mr Jide Ojo said the agenda setting role of the media must be taken seriously at this period of the country’s battle with varying degree of Corruption among politicians.
A freelance investigative journalist, Ms Tobore Ovuorie also challenged participants to shun sentiments and invest their time and resources into doing in – depth researches that would produce unusual results to turn around the country’s situation.
Ms Ovuorie was of the opinion that investigative journalism remained a process that must be explored to determine the true situation through constant observations, interviews and verification of all identified sources.
On his part, the Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda, Mr Edetaen Ojo said journalists must ensure that transparency and accountability became deeply rooted in political Campaign Issues to engender good governance.
Earlier, the Executive Director, International Press Centre, Mr Lanre Arogundade had explained that the training was organized to harness intellectual resources towards proffering solutions to the gradual decline of Investigative Journalism and the growing public perception that the media had been compromised.