Nine Nigerian organisations receive $6.3m in journalism, media grants

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The MacArthur Foundation

Nine media organizations and institutions in Nigeria have been granted more than $6.3 million in journalism and media funding to advance anti-corruption efforts in the country by the MacArthur Foundation.

The grantees include Bayero University, Kano, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Reporting, Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation, Daily Trust Foundation and International Centre for Investigative Reporting. Others are OYA Media, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Reporting, Sahara Reporters and Tiger Eye Social Foundation.

The grants announced on Wednesday, October 2 2019 in a press release are part of the Foundation’s On Nigeria grantmaking to reduce corruption levels by supporting Nigerian-led efforts that strengthen accountability, transparency, and civic participation.

The nine grants according to the statement are a continuation of the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen investigative and data-driven journalism in Nigeria and to reinforce the role played by independent media and citizens in revealing and documenting corruption.

It will support a range of projects, including training for journalists on investigative fieldwork and data-driven reporting, assistance for independent media organizations working to develop sustainable business models, and new broadcast platforms to increase the reach and effectiveness of investigative reports.

According to the MacArthur Foundation Nigeria Office Director Kole Shettima,“these organizations have proven that media, citizens, and advocates can play an important watchdog role to guard against corruption in Nigeria. With this continued support of key journalism and media organizations we hope to strengthen transparency, empower independent voices, and hold authorities to account.”

Details of the grants are as follows:

Bayero University, Kano (Kano): To enhance training, curriculum, teaching, and learning opportunities for the next generation of investigative journalists; and to establish a TV-station.

Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (Lagos): To support its Policy Radar Initiative and the investigative reports it produces; mobilize community action around its findings; and use social media and video to reach a broad audience.

Daily Trust Foundation (Abuja): To strengthen the capacity of journalists, media professionals, and students to conduct high quality investigative and data-driven journalism.

International Centre for Investigative Reporting (Abuja): To support in-depth field investigations and convene townhall meetings with government officials and anti-corruption agency representatives to answer questions from the public.

OYA Media (Lagos): To conduct high-quality investigative reports and present them in a talk show format that will bring policymakers and citizens together to discuss issues and possible solutions.

Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (Abuja): To conduct investigations on budget, procurement, and government service delivery; to expand fact checking operations for journalists; and continue building civic technology for citizens and journalists to collaboratively learn and produce multimedia reports related to corruption.

Sahara Reporters (Lagos): To train journalists on investigative and data-based journalism; support investigations into the education sector; and continue a civic media laboratory to engage citizens in public dialogue on corruption and other social issues.

Tiger Eye Social Foundation (Accra, Ghana): To strengthen investigative capacity of Nigerian media by training journalists in investigative techniques and supporting field investigations on corruption.

Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (Lagos): To continue its investigative reporting on corruption in the education and electricity sectors; design sustainable reporting models for that reporting; and develop a radio show to improve reach and impact of stories.

Source: Media Career Development Network

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