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The US Embassy in Partnership with the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, and Channels Television have trained about 150 Journalists across the 36 States of the federation and the FCT. The training which took place simultaneously throughout various zones of the country was hinged on Peace Journalism and by extention Conflicts and investigative reporting.

The Spokeperson of the US Consulate Jeanne Clark who supervised the exercise expressed satisfaction with the level of participation and cocooperation by their Partners, stating that Training and retraining of Media professionals are part of the core mandates of the Consulate to help Journalists in packaging materials that will positively assist in shaping the society since they are generally regarded as agenda setters.

Pls find attached, details of Press Release as regards the 3day Training .

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PRESS RELEASE     June 25, 2021

For Immediate Release                                           

U.S. Embassy Abuja Partners Channels Academy to Train Conflict Reporters

The U.S. Embassy Abuja, in partnership with Channels Academy, has trained over 150 journalists on Conflict Reporting and Peace Journalism. In her opening remarks, the U.S. Embassy Spokesperson/Press Attaché Jeanne Clark noted that the United States recognized that security challenges exist in many forms throughout the country, and that journalists are confronted with responsibility to prioritize physical safety in addition to meeting standards of objectivity and integrity in conflict.  She urged the journalists to share their experiences throughout the course of the three-day seminar and encouraged participants to identify new ways to address these security challenges.

The trainer Professor Steven Youngblood from the U.S. Center for Global Peace Journalism – Park University defined and presented principles for peace journalism in conflict reporting. He cautioned journalists to refrain from what he termed war journalism. He said, "war journalism is a pattern of media coverage that includes overvaluing violent, reactive responses to conflict while undervaluing non-violent, developmental responses.”

The Provost of Channels Academy, Mr Kingsley Uranta, showed appreciation for the continuous partnership with the U.S. Embassy and for bringing such training opportunities to Nigerian journalists. He also called on conflict reporters to be peace ambassadors.

The training took place virtually via Zoom on June 22 – 24, 2021. Journalists converged in American Spaces in Abuja, Kano, Bauchi Sokoto, Maiduguri, Awka, and Ibadan. At the same time, some joined from Channels Academy Abuja and the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat in Port Harcourt.

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