Media Trust Group, publisher of the Daily Trust newspapers and owner of Trust TV, with support from the MacArthur Foundation, organized a two-month cross-platform investigative journalism training for early-career journalists.
The workshop was organized for members of the National Youth Service Corps, new staff members and multiplatform journalists.
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Speaking at the opening ceremony, the company’s CEO, Mounir Gwarzo, urged journalists to go beyond ordinary reporting and conduct investigations that would set them apart.
Gwarzo, represented by Executive Director, Finance and Corporate Service, Nura Daura, said: “I sincerely hope that you will put all your efforts and abilities into this training so that in the end you will become specialists. You will learn a lot and be able to meet company expectations.
The group’s executive director, digital and editorial, Media Trust, Naziru Mikailu, said the training was aimed at guiding journalists through the early stages of their careers.
He said the company has a reputation for doing great investigative stories, but “now we want to double down on that.”
Trust TV Managing Director Ibrahim Shehu asked future journalists to be brave and meticulous in telling the right story through evidence-based investigative reporting with good sound and clear images.
“I can’t think of any media in this country where they have a mentorship program for two months before you actually get to what you need to do. So you’re a lucky bunch in terms of having that,” he said.