US Selects Oak TV for 2017 Media Co-op

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The United States Department of State has selected a leading Nigerian online television outlet, Oak TV, for a Foreign Press Centre Media Co-op programme.

The US programme allows foreign media organisations to travel to the US for about two weeks to pursue a particular story, learn more about the American culture and the US system of government, in addition to drawing lessons that would enhance good governance, social inclusion, or economic prosperity in their own countries.

Upon return to their home country, the media organisations are expected to widely share their stories and the lesson learned from their US visit.

According to a statement signed by the management of the television station, Oak TV’s plan is to examine the US federal budget process, including the role of legislative branch, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the respective cabinet departments.

It said Oak TV would report from US, travel to Washington DC, Chicago and Wisconsin to interview policymakers, activists and academics, as well as everyday citizens who would help tell the story of how the US develops a budget to meet the needs of its citizenry. It added that while Oak TV is in Washington DC, the crew would enjoy a day on the Hill, which would involve observing congressional hearings and interacting with legislators and their staff.