Zaman Tare: Include Conflict Reporting In Your Journalism Curriculum, Professor Tells Institutions


    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    A renowned Professor of Mass Communication, Professor Suleiman Salau has advocated that all institutions of learning training journalists should include conflict reporting in their curriculum.

    Professor  Salau advocated this when presenting a paper titled, “Ways of Promoting Non-Biased Coverage and Reporting in Nigeria” on the second day of  a two-day Training On “Promoting Non-biased Media  Coverage/reportage In Nigeria” under the auspices of Zaman Tare  in Kaduna on Friday July 17, 2020.

    He emphasized that the journalism training  should   be broadened to cover conflict reporting.
    The Professor was optimistic that with the Inclusion of conflict reporting, crisis in the society would be reduced as news reports would not aggravate incidents.

    He explained that the types of training given to journalists has been seen not to provide sufficient skills in ensuring nonbiased reporting and coverage, especially in covering conflict situations.

    Salau noted though peace or conflict reporting is already being taught in some institutions, insisting that all institutions should adopt it.

    He advised journalists to ensure non biased reporting in ensuring peaceful coexistence in the society while covering conflicts.

    Further more, he advised that actual casualty figures should be down played by journalists, arguing that high casualty reports may lead to reprisals.

    “In your reports, do not profile or give details of events that will create more damage. Play crucial roles of peace builders,” he advised.

    The training, organised by the  Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (Caritas Nigeria) in conjunction with Dialogue Reconciliation and Peace (DREP) Centre and Catholic Agency for Oversea Development  (CAFOD) is featuring journalists from print, broadcast and online journalists’ from Plateau and Kaduna states.

    L-R: CARITAS Field Officer, with facilitators, Mr. Innocent Okechukwu, Dr. Dr. Joan Tirwyn Hassan and Professor Suleiman Salau.


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