Aware of the multiple challenges and responsibilities female journalists grapple with on daily basis, Ene Osang, set out to train female interns and journalists in the Abuja office of Blueprint Newspaper, the media house where she works, on female journalists survival tips.
Ene organised a mini workshop on 10 November 2017 in the newsroom. The field nature of journalists’ work notwithstanding, 5 female journalists and 2 interns attended. Pretty enough, her Editor-in-Chief, Hajiya Zainab Suleiman Okino and the Deputy Weekend Editor, Hajiya Hauwa Gambo, both females, were the resource persons for the workshop.
The workshop availed the participants the opportunity to hear the editor-in-chief and the weekend editor share the challenges they faced on the job and how they rose from being reporters, to occupying their top offices.
Following the workshop, Ene observed that female journalists in her media house were more ready to help one another, especially the interns, to grow on the job. She said, “I was able to establish a bond among the female reporters. As a matter of fact, some even show me their reports to ensure they were balanced enough before sending to various editors for publication. I am very thankful and grateful to WSCIJ for using me as a tool to achieve this in my office.”
Ene has committed herself to organising more workshops and involve journalists from other media houses.