A three-day media training aimed at improving the understanding of the media on the impact of malnutrition, improving their capacity for effective nutrition reportage and securing their commitments to write nutrition stories based on agreed nutrition themes was recently held by CS-SUNN. The training which held from 1st- 3rd of June, 2022 is in line with CS-SUNN’s goal of building key partnerships with the media to magnify the voice for improved nutrition in Nigeria. The training with theme “strengthening the capacity of journalists for improved nutrition reportage and visibility in Nigeria” became necessary following gaps identified in media reportage of nutrition stories in Nigeria. It created opportunities to raise awareness, improve understanding, change perceptions, and motivate target audiences to act on nutrition issues in order to reverse the negative nutrition indices for Nigeria.

25 Health Journalists drawn from media platforms like Television, Radio, Newspapers and Online from five (5) States of Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Kaduna and Kano including Abuja participated in the training.

Participants have shared their reactions and thoughts on the training…

Modupe Aduloju of Kapital FM said “I have learnt to put on my thinking cap and write stories that applies to different targets. The nutrition of different targets matters”.

Igbawase Ukumba of This Day Newspapers Nasarawa said “I learnt that I should do my research and findings properly before doing my report. I should not just write nutrition stories but go the extra miles to do findings to get out in-depth stories”.

“For me, I need to start breaking down figures properly and not just quote data while writing nutrition stories. I will now make data clearer for my audience to understand” said Femi Oyelola of Peoples Daily Newspaper, Kaduna.

According to Bassey Ita Ikpang of NTA International, Abuja, “I commend the facilitators. All the lectures were just coming to me and I said wow I’ve not done much on nutrition. I learnt that well fed children can add to the economy of the country. I will begin to so more stories on nutrition”.

“I tweeted a short report on the discussions from yesterday…Malnutrition can reduce childhood diseases. I’ve realized that we do not focus more on the integral part of our life; OUR NUTRITION because it is what we eat as a child that will grow us into a healthy adult. I will begin to do more stories on nutrition”, said Adelowore Olayinka Adenike of Eko FM Lagos.

Bukola Afeni of Newsday Online said “I liked all of the sessions…am taking away the story idea book and I will go back writing all my stories ideas on nutrition”

The training implemented by CS-SUNN in collaboration with Development Communications improved journalists’ skills on creative/innovative reportage of nutrition issues and monitoring, analyzing and reporting budgetary allocations for nutrition. The media was motivated to link nutrition reportage with relevant sectors and explore collaborative story development, cross border reporting with adequate scientific research and data analysis for greater development impact. Furthermore, Journalists were encouraged to embark on field investigations on related Community-based related interventions such as Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) centres and translate findings from the field to stories among others.

At the end of the training each participant crafted two nutrition related story idea and CS-SUNN secured their commitments to publish nutrition related stories including state-specific nutrition collaborative stories.

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