NITDA, NUJ Partner to Promote Digital Journalism
TECHDIGEST – The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has agreed to partner with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to provide eligible journalists with the technological tools to enhance their professional practice.
This was during a courtesy visit by members of the Union, led by its National President, Chris Isiguzo.
The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, decried the adverse effect of fake news which he described as unimaginable and a huge threat to the profession, hence the need for continuous training and engagements.
“Today, anybody can be a journalist without knowing the journalistic ethics. So, how can we address that?
“We can only do that through this kind of engagement; by training and retraining because journalists need to understand that it is now about digital journalism and for you to engage in that, one needs to understand the technology and be able to verify the information and it’s source before publishing or broadcasting”.
“We need to always reskill, update our knowledge, and understand how the technology works in order to harness the potentials and use it for better things because technology can be used as either a tool or a weapon.
While describing journalism as the best medium to sensitize the public on what the federal government is doing towards achieving a digital Nigeria, Inuwa noted that the partnership would greatly be beneficial to both parties.
On the forthcoming National Executive Council/ Workshop on Digital Journalism organized by the Union, the NITDA boss expressed interest in the planned programme and assured the body of the agency’s support.
Speaking earlier, the NUJ National President, Chris Isiguzo while applauding NITDA for the different training sessions held for journalists in Jigawa, Kano, Gombe, Katsina and other States, said the visit was to formally meet for the first time to seek for partnership at the national level.
Isiguzo also appealed for digital facilities to be provided for the Union’s National Secretariat and International Institute of Journalism in order to aid optimal operations.