Innovation, skills will enhance journalists’ performance in conflict zones- Tafida

By Olatunji Omirin

A Maiduguri based Journalist, Jesse Tafida has said that the use of modern technology will help journalists to overcome challenges, especially in the conflict zone.

Jesse made this known in a round table discussion at a Media Workshop organised by Nigeria International non-governmental organizations ( INGOs ) with the theme, “Building Resilience and Ensuring Sustainability in Humanitarian Response in Nigeria in North-East Nigeria”, held in Abuja.

He called for more synergy with all humanitarian actors while urging them to do more by building the capacity of journalists in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states respectively.  

He noted that innovation would help journalists to navigate and narrate the stories in a better way.

“I think the use of modern technology is necessary for working journalists. This will help improve our service delivery and navigate some hurdles in the northeast especially, in crisis-prone areas.

“We are ready to work with any organizations ready to work with us in the BAY states,” he opined.

Jesse who is currently a State Correspondent of TVC in Borno State narrated how he started journalism in 2012 when he worked as an intern with PeaceFm, and later in Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).

Corroborating Tafida, Elizabeth Ameh who works with KanemFM (UNIMAID Radio) said most of the issues raised by humanitarian actors are new but it is imperative to enhance the skills of the journalists to understand what they are doing.

” We need to do more by building trust, effective and efficient collaboration. We need your support in terms of gadgets and training. I think information sharing with us will go a long way to reshaping our humanitarian reportage.”She urged.

The media workshop was funded by European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid in collaboration with Nigeria INGO Forum.

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