The institute for media and society, IMS has trained another set of women journalists in digital and multimedia storytelling by the funding support of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria Project II.

The training which took place in Port Harcourt, Rivers state had partcipants drawn from the nine states of
Rivers, Akwa ibom, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti.

While welcoming the women journalists, IMS project manager, Mr Timothy Bamidele explained that the two day training was aimed at building the capacity of the participants in digital skills and multimedia story telling with a special focus on post election issues in Nigeria.

“The 2023 election has come and gone but as journalists, we should be able to project narratives that people should know, post election. So it is necessary for us to support and build the capacity of the media, so that they can actually create stories rhat will connect with the people” Said Bamidele.

IMS Programme Manager, Mr Timothy Bamidele

Mr Bamidele disclosed that 78 women broadcast journalists have so far been trained in digital storytelling, since the beginning of the second phase of European Union Support to Democratic Governance.

The IMS Programme Manager stressed that the training activity falls under Component 4 in the EU-SDGN project II with the aim of providing support to Media in Nigeria.

A cross section of the participants with one of the digital trainers, Mr Usifo Omozokpea


Mr Bamidele added that the action is intended to contribute to strengthening democratic governance in Nigeria through increased engagements and improved capacity of a wide range of media stakeholders in , including media professionals, to ensure that Professionalism of media practitioners, especially women is enhanced; Media professional capacity to deal with electoral misinformation/disinformation is Strengthened and make delivery of civic and voter education better.

Mrs Ehi Ohiani, Digital Trainer

Two digital trainers, Mr Usifo Omozokpea and Mrs Ehi Ohiani who took participants through areas such reporting the electoral cycle, digital tools for content creation and digital story telling process among others said journalism had migrated from the days of analogue to digital and the only way for modern day journalists to fit in was by equipping themselves with necessary tools.

Some of the participants

They urged the participants to take advantage of the new media space to crowdsource, connect, create and distribute content relevant to social discourse for national development.


Mrs Ohiani admonished traditional journalists especially women to be technology compliant and embrace digital content creation as well as multi media story telling to further set the agenda from the perspective of women,.

The participants among whom were, Mrs Oluwayomi Osuntokun from the Broadcasting service of Ekiti state and NAWOJ Chairperson in Rivers state, Susan Serekana-wnikana appreciated IMS and the European Union Support to Democratic Governance for the opportunity of the training saying they had learnt skills that would make their job easier.

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