The challenge for resource-rich countries is how to translate Powered by their non-renewable resource wealth (minerals and hydrocarbons) into sustainable development. In Nigeria, for example, the task of managing the resource wealth for the overall benefit of the citizenry has become the greatest challenge facing the country since independence. Both national and local governments, including members of parliament, journalists, civil society groups and citizens need a better
understanding of the risks and benefits of resource extraction, and how to minimize the potential negative effects and an over reliance on extractive revenues.
The Master Class in Oil and Gas Reporting is a foundation course for journalists working in any kind of media. The focus is broad. It offers basic knowledge about the oil, gas or mining industries, revisits fundamental reporting skills, and provides access to authoritative sources of information about how extractive
The specific objectives of this course are to provide opportunities for journalists to:
- Appreciate the role of a strong and independent media in promoting transparency and good governance of extractive industries and revenues.
- Understand the overall structure of extractive industries, the life cycle and value chain of resource extraction, and the most common benefit streams and different ways to capture and maximize these benefits.
- Refresh and sharpen such fundamental journalistic skills as spotting stories, investigating, working with sources with alternative perspectives, collecting, analyzing and presenting evidence to support what they have to report.
- Reflect on the ethics of journalism and the importance of accuracy, impartiality and balance in the gathering and presentation of both facts and opinions.
- Prepare a print or broadcast story, based on what they learn during the course, on what the speakers and sources with alternative perspectives have to say, and on the case studies.
- Develop a personal plan of next steps to further their engagement with and reporting on extractive industries.
Journalists working in any kind of media, including reporters, sub-editors or producers working in print, broadcast, Internet, and community media, communication graduates and writers.
Course Fee: N375,000 per participant
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