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Gender Active 2024: NLNG Trains Women Journalists On Digital Communication Skills and Gender Reporting



Gender Active 2024: NLNG Trains Women Journalists On Digital Communication Skills and Gender Reporting

…..Participants Receive New Smart Phones, Speak On Their Next Plans After The Training

Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) recently partnered with international trainer Dan Mason, and The Journalism Clinic, led by Taiwo Obe to conduct the 2024 NLNGGenderActive workshop, which focuses on arming women journalists with cutting-edge digital communication and social media skills for reporting gender-based issues.

The three-day training, held from Tuesday, 30 January to Thursday, 1 February at the Marriott Hotel, Lagos, brought together no fewer than 30 female journalists from diverse editorial backgrounds.

The training, fully sponsored by NLNG, is a brand new digital training programme for Nigerian women journalists and communication professionals focused on mobile and multimedia journalism, providing participants with a comprehensive learning experience.

Also, the training aims to empower women journalists with storytelling skills, establish gender-active journalism as a pillar of good practice in Nigeria, and increase the visibility and positive perception of women in the media industry.

At the workshop, General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development at NLNG, Andy Odeh, reiterated the company’s core values of excellence and commitment to capacity building.

He said NLNG recognises the pivotal role journalists play in shaping public opinion and narratives.


Gender Active 2024: NLNG Trains Women Journalists On Digital Communication Skills and Gender Reporting


Hence, the need to equip them with the necessary skills to create and own their stories, ultimately shaping the nation’s overall narrative.

He noted that journalists communicate on behalf of not just NLNG, but also multitudes of organisations and industries, and raising their reporting standards can significantly impact Nigeria’s overall image.

We saw an opportunity to focus on women, aligning with our values of diversity and inclusion,” he added.

Odeh finally encouraged participants to “report fairness, report from all sides, and most importantly, report without bias.”

Also speaking at the workshop, the media trainer and consultant, Dan Mason emphasised the critical issue of gender disparity in media representation.

He said: “There’s not enough women represented, not enough women role models and experts.

“We are here together to do some practical things that can change our work for the better. This is not about changing journalism, this is about reinforcing and reinvigorating journalism in a way that catches the interest of other journalists but also reaches audiences.”

He added: “One big objective all around the world is the fact that women are invisible when it comes to the media, there are not enough women represented, role models, and experts, and something can be done, and we can leave here from this training and start to put that right. Start to give women their roles as experts and role models and that’s what I believe that you as participants can do and I’m sure of it.”

Finally, he said: “My message goes to news managers, and editors on gender issues, if you want to be fair then you need to think about the gender of the population, of the potential, when you look at it, if you’re reflecting women’s interest, women stories, you’re going to improve your journalism, you’re going to improve your potential audience you’re going to improve your businesses and you’re going to have a better business as a media manager“.

Meanwhile, some of the participants spoke about their experiences during the workshop,

Dr. Adeola Ekine. Chairperson, Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Lagos State Chapter, said: “This training is coming at a very good time to train female journalists on how to report gender-sensitive stories and how to use some apps that will aid their reporting. The three-day training has been very impactful, and it has been a roller coaster journey for every female journalist present here today, all thanks to NLNG. We now know how to use some apps like Canva, and CapCut to edit our stories, how to record videos, and how to write words even without your face showing in video recordings.”

She added that: “My advice for the organisers is that I would love that this should not be a one-off thing because we have over four hundred female journalists in Lagos State alone and besides that, other female journalists can also benefit from this kind of training.

Though we are going to try as much as possible to train some of our female journalists maybe during the Congress, it would not be that impactful the way we’ve learned a lot with the kind of environment that is conducive, it may not be very effective as it was here, so we are appealing to NLNG to partner with NAWOJ Lagos so that we can train other female journalists in Lagos State.”

Another participant National Deputy Chairperson, NAWOJ, Dr. Lilian Okokwo Ogabu said: “I have achieved so much during the training, knowing and understanding how to use some new apps, the use of technology and how it can make my job easy.


With what I’ve learned here technology-wise, I’ve been able to understand certain things.

The apps, and the teachings what I saw here are life-changing. I also like the aspect of gender for those of us women journalists especially those of us who are into gender activism, because the issues that affect women are underreported, so they have taught us how to do more in that area. Technology-wise, they’ve improved our knowledge, so it is for us to go out there and do the needful, change the narrative.

“Finally, my plan after this training is to practice all I have been taught, and I want to advise everyone who participated in the training to keep practicing everything they have been taught. They should apply what they have learned and let us report more stories about women, let us change the narratives as they concern issues that affect women. To NLNG and The Journalism Clinic, I appreciate them: they not only give us knowledge, but they also empower us with the tools needed. I appreciate everything they have done.”

Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole, a former National President, NAWOJ, and deputy editor-in-chief News Agency of Nigeria said: “The training is new to me. I was a bit skeptical about it being for my generation, but I’ve always believed that nobody’s too old to learn. Coming here the last three days I wish they could extend it for like a week because there’s still a lot for people like us to learn and some people are slow learners. So, it’s been impactful, it’s been an eye-opener and it has opened up new vistas for a lot of us.

So, for me I’m starting something new, projecting rural women, women, and children without voice bringing up their voices by using the tools I’ve learned and putting them on social media.

And for where I work, it’s going to give us more drive, whereby we will be able to get more followers and more drives for our news items. NLNG has opened up new ways of monetisation for a lot of us.”

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