DG, NITDA, Cleopas Angaye
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Zinox Technologies are collaborating with ICT Publishers Alliance to build capacity in the use of modern ICT tools in news processing and management.
The collaboration is tied to a project that will help boost news management among Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Journalists across West Africa as well as managers of information within government circle.
With the increasing influence of social media in news delivery, stepped up challenges faced by traditional media practitioners and broader need for engagement by public/government information managers, the project will be focusing on the thinning lines for information coverage, management and delivery.
The ICT Publishers Alliance is coordinating the training as part of its goal of empowering West African journalists in the use of modern ICT tools.
Chairman of ICT Alliance Mr. Aaron Ukodie, who dropped the hint in Lagos recently, said that developments in the ICT sector in form of vision and policy direction and innovation, are moving in very fast pace and that journalists whose business it is to report these trends and use these tools must be keep abreast of these emerging trends and vision.
The capacity building programme, which will draw journalists and other participants mainly from Nigeria, Ghana, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Senegal and Togo, will take place from November 24 to November 27, 2012.
The Minister of Communications Technology Mrs. Omobola Johnson, is expected to declare the event open. The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr. Eugene Juwah, and Director-General of NITDA Professor Cleopas Angaye and Chairman of Zinox Technologies, Leo Stan-Eke, are to give key note addresses at the event.
The capacity training will come in three modules spread across the three days. The various subjects lined up for discussion will be handled by seasoned information managers, social researchers, ICT experts and journalists versed in the areas of media innovation and trends.
Some of the sub topics to be handled include General Perspectives on Journalism and the genre of ICT Reporting Citizen Journalism; Notions and Actualities: A plus or minus for Professional ICT Reporting and National Development; The Fundamentals of ICT Reporting and the demands of National Development; Can ICT Reporting advance the cause of National Development? What is ICT4D and National governments, National Institutions and the defining of ICT4D goals?
There are also modules in Transparency, eGovernance and Legal Challenges in ICT Reporting; Responsible Journalism and Nationalistic among others. There will be various case studies drawn from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal,South Africa, Tunisia, United States of America etc. Legal frameworks in ICT4D and the challenges of reporting online
Some of the resource persons lined up for the programme include Professor Clement Dzedonu, Consultant to the ECA on ICT4D and Vice Chancellor of AIT University, Accra, Ghana and Nseobong Akpan, Technology Columnist and Chief Consultant, Technology Law Firm, Abuja. Others include Professor Kim Viborg Andersen, Department of IT Management (ITM) and researcher in organisational and policy aspects of IT, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Basil Udotai, Legal Adviser to Chief Security Officer to the president of Nigeria on Cybercrime and Professor Steve Woolgar, Professor of Marketing and Head of the Science and Technology at Said Business School at the University of Oxford.