By Olufisoye Adenitan

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism has trained twelve female Journalists on leadership skills in the Newsroom and Newsroom Engagements to improve women’s adequate representation in the media space.

The training Programme was implemented under the Report Women Female Reporters Leadership Programme, Champion Building Edition for Female Reporters in Nigeria 

The facilitators drawn from the media and legal faculty were, the Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre WARDC, Dr Abiola Afolabi-Akiyode, the president of Lawyers Alert Nigeria, Rommy Mom, Director of News TVC News, Mrs Stella Din -Jacob and the Executive Director, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, Mrs Motunrayo Alaka.

In her opening remarks at the training in Lagos, the Executive Director of WSCIJ, Mrs Motunrayo Alaka said the idea behind the project was to build the capacity of female Journalists that would be great leaders in the newsrooms to spur the changes and stereotypes in the industry

In her presentation on skills needed for investigative reporting and storytelling with a woman’s lens that compels action, the Director of TVC  News, Mrs Stella Din-Jacob emphasized that female journalists needed to be deliberate and ensure women sources in the news for adequate representation.

Also, the Executive Director, of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre WARDC, Dr Abiola Afolabi- Akiyode, said female reporters needed to break away from the stereotypes and Perceptions the society imposed on them but they should take charge and be intentional in disrupting the media spaces.

In his own submission, the president of Lawyers Alert in Nigeria, Rommy Mom emphasized the need for female journalists to be on their toes in reporting issues of women and Girls from the perceptive of the law.

Rommy Mom mentioned that laws are in place to check abuses against the rights of women but journalists must be deliberate to hold policymakers accountable to ensure the implementation of the laws 

Some of the female journalists, who spoke with Radio Nigeria, Fortunate Ozo Of NTA, Blessing Oladunjoye of BONEWS, Sarah Ayeku of TVC, Ijeoma Okereke Adagba of CJID and Victoria Bamas of ICIR, said they would be intentional in reporting issues of women and redirecting their reportage towards changing the narratives of the stereotypes against women .

They promised to interface with other women in the newsroom to ensure a good working relationships that would enhance productivity 

 Olufisoye Adenitan of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Positive FM Akure was part of the participants for the 2023 report Women FRLP Fellowship.

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