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Online Journalism: Media Development Group Trains Kaduna Journalists

By Timothy Daniel

AMDF Online Training

Kaduna (Nigeria) – African Media Development Foundation (AMDF) has charged Kaduna based journalists to embrace modern trend of Journalism that is more of online-based.

The group which gave the charge during a training session for some Kaduna based Journalists also underscored the need for them to be abreast of the changing face of media reporting commonly referred to as new media.

According to AMDF Coordinator, Sekyen Dadik, the training has become imperative in order to expose journalists to the skills and techniques of online reporting, especially with the evolution of new technology and innovations globally.

She said building capacity is a key step to enable journalists blend into the modern trend of new media.

While making her presentation on ‘Online Journalism’, the coordinator explained that journalism is fast evolving, bringing about a paradigm shift from the traditional media – newspaper and broadcasting to new media, hence the need to keep abreast with current trends.

She said, “Hitherto news dissemination was mainly through newspapers, radio and television but the emergence of the internet has widened the scope of news gathering and dissemination.

“Online journalism involves more than just the traditional skills of gathering information, interviewing people and writing a story. It allows reporters to use multiple media – literally, “multimedia” – to create story packages that can appeal to different audiences and engage readers in exciting and effective ways,” she noted.

In his presentation, the Trainer, Silas Auta stressed the need for developing personal website as it exposes one to so many opportunities around the world.

AMDF is a media development organization that strengthens media system and provides professional support to journalists.

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