An onboarding meeting facilitated by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) between mentors and 11 selected female reporters for the champion building activity under the Report Women! News and Newsroom Engagement project took place virtually on Wednesday 15 June 2022. The meeting was a prelude towards the eight -ten weeks mentorship towards producing stories and implementing leadership projects.
The 11 selected female reporters are also fellows of Female Reporters Leadership Programme (FRLP), an initiative of WSCIJ. The champion building activity is to consolidate their work as champions for the cause of gender equality, equity, and development in the reportage of issues of access and abuse that affect girls and women. It will also encourage the media’s reportage of girl and women focused stories.
The mentors include Isioma Madike, Editor, Investigations at New Telegraph Newspaper; Juliana Francis, first female winner of the WSCIJ-Nigerian Investigative Reporter of the Year; Tessy Igomu, Head, Punch Investigations; Rotimi Sankore, Editor-in-Chief of the Africa Centre for Development Journalism (ACDJ) and Motunrayo Alaka, Executive Director/CEO of WSCIJ.
Titilope Fadare with Premium Times, Abuja; Bassey Ita Ikpang, Nigerian Television Authority, Abuja; Nkechi Macaulay, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Lagos; Elfredah Kevin-Alerechi, Newswire, Rivers State and ThisDay Newspapers duo of Funmi Ogundare and Omolabake Fasogbon were part of the meeting. Other selected fellows were Abimbola Adegboyega, Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State; Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu Aljazirah Nigeria Newspaper, Abuja; Khadija Isaq Bawas with Kano-based Kamed media hub, Funke Fayemi of the Voice of Nigeria, Lagos and Osaruonamen Ibizugbe, Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, Abuja.
Nine of the above listed fellows will produce stories on girls and women issues around access and abuse, while six others will embark on leadership projects targeted at training and empowering female reporters, journalists and students of journalism and communication.