Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), an arm of Premium Times Online Newspapers is to honour outstanding student journalists from across Nigerian Universities in an award ceremony scheduled to hold on June 28, in Abuja.
The Publisher of the Newspapers, Dapo Olorunyomi made this known in a statement available to Penpushing, adding that the award signifies the end of the pilot phase of NextGen program; a program created to help nurture and facilitate the emergence of a well-equipped and empowered generation of journalists capable of leading the media to new heights across the country
‘The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) will host an award ceremony to celebrate and reward outstanding campus journalists across the country. These young journalists who have been active participants of the Centre’s Next Gen Programme, will come together to be celebrated and inspired on the 28th of June, 2018’.
He said, the ceremony has been named after the late Alfred Opubor in honour of his pioneering contributions to the profession of journalism, adding that the programme was actively supported by the Ford foundation and executed in partnership with the National Union of Campus Journalists.
Olorunyomi, who is the Executive Director, PTCIJ, said, participants of the programme were selected from tertiary institutions across the various geo-political zones across the country except the North-east, stating that these young journalists were taught investigative and data journalism skills, safety tips to help ensure their physical, digital and psycho-social security, as well as new business models as they venture into this noble profession.
‘After the broad training programme, the PTCIJ created a platform to offer the trainees the opportunity to practise and showcase their skills under the guidance of designated mentors. This led to the creation of the Campus Reporter website (www.campusreporter.ng) which now serves as the platform from which the trainees have thus far executed great and impactful stories’.
“As a crucible for the development of future journalists, the campus reporting programme has shown a tangible promise and wonderful success. It is evidence also that, given the right tools, our younger generation can create a worthy revolution in the wider media industry’,Olorunyomi said.
‘Truly, this is great tribute to the power of collaboration and substantiation that when youth power, professional support, impactful mentorship, and visionary donor partnership come together, a mighty dream can be transformed into a vivid, living, reality of change“, he added
The Executive Director disclosed that the next phase of the PTCIJ Next Gen Programme will commence in July and is planned to cover about 30 campuses, explaining that, awards will be given out for the following categories: Best Investigative Story, Best Community Journalism Story, Best Opinion Article,Most Prolific Campus Reporter, Most Active Campus, Best Campus Journalist (Male and Female)
He added that, the selection process for this award categories is being carried out in three phases, which are Pre-qualification(shortlisting) phase, the Scoring Phase and the Compilation Phase.
‘The pre-qualification phase entails the perusal of all stories submitted to the Campus Reporter Platform from inception to the 31st of March, 2018 to select fice stories to compete for the 3 article-based categories. These are: The Best Investigative Story, The Best Community Journalism Story, The Best Opinion Piece’.
Olorunyomi said, the scoring phase entails the further evaluation of these five stories by a panel of Judges who score them based on their expertise and according to a predefined criteria.
‘The Compilation Phase entails the compilation of the results from the Scoring phase to select the winner of the three categories by the Chair of the Judging process. Furthermore, the other categories which include The Most Active Campus and the Best Campus Journalist (Male and Female) will be derivatives of the finalists performances across the other three categories. And finally, the platform administrator will announce the Most Prolific Campus Journalist based on the volume of work put in’.