Gentlemen of the press and distinguished ladies and gentlemen! It is with a deep sense of appreciation that I, on behalf of Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS), welcome you to this award presentation to worthy Nigerian journalists for the recognition of excellence and commitment to quality reportage and penmanship in Nigeria: The journalism Development Programme Award of Recognition in the education sector.
Journalism Development Programme (JDP) was implemented by Development Communications (DevComs) Network with the support of Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) having identified Education as public trust and communication an important component for a re-branded education sector.
DEVCOMS has been responsible for Media Advocacy on NURHI Project. We engaged in series of activities to secure buy-in and regular usage of Family Planning reportage and stories in the media. These include advocacy visits to media owners and managers in project sites, sensitization workshops and capacity building for journalists. We also organized media appearances from time to time to commemorate key National days (e.g.
Associated EJN Network and Digital Reporting Tools for Effective Environment Journalism’ is a Journalism Development Programme aimed at building the capacity of environment journalists and facilitating the formation of ‘Network of Environmental Journalists in Nigeria”. The network is intended to build capacity of journalists, mentor young reporters, and provide linkage for members where necessary.
No fewer than 23 media houses in Zaria, Ibadan, Kaduna, Ilorin, Abuja and Benin have been visited during the Family Planning Media Advocacy visits embarked upon recently by Development Communications Network (DevComs) and Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI).
The visits were aimed at strengthening partnership with the media in order to give more attention to issues relating to family planning and using the media as a medium to deepen and increase public understanding of family planning services and commodities.
Development Communications (DevComs) Network in a two-day capacity building in Abuja, has successfully trained 19 finalist out of the 40 journalists who attended the State Capacity Building in Kaduna and Lagos in October 2012.
The workshop which took place at WestPoint Hotels Limited on the 8th and 9th May 2013, was tagged National Capacity Building for Education Reporters. It is an activity under the Journalism Development Programme (JDP 2) embarked upon in June 2013.