CJID Shortlists Six UDUS Campus Journalists For Data Journalism Training

By Abdulrasheed Akere

The Center for Journalism Innovation Development, CJID has shortlisted six Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS) campus journalists for data journalism training. Prior to this time, CJID formerly known as Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism seek applications for training from undergraduates of tertiary institutions in Nigeria which closed on Monday, March 27, 2023. The training is a Campus Reporter project of the CJID.

The successful applicants will participate in six weeks of virtual capacity-building training on data journalism. It will be a once-in-a-week session that will be held on six Saturdays between April 15 and May 27.

The congratulatory email read thus: “The training will introduce you to the concept of data sourcing and data visualization and their applications in storytelling. You are therefore advised to properly charge your devices, as there would be no room for absence during any of these sessions.” The email also notified the shortlisted applicants that each of them will be paired with other participants and required to produce a data story after the course of the training.

Campus Reporter confirmed that the six selected trainees from UDUS are editors of two distinct campus press boards — Pen Press UDUS and The News Digest. The applicants include Mudathir Hayatullahi, a 400-level English student and the incumbent Editor-in-chief of Pen Press; Shereefdeen Ahmad, a 300-level student of Law, EIC of the News Digest; Hussain Wahab, a 400-level student of Law and the News Digest’s managing editor; Ibrahim Shehu Olaoti, a 300 level Political Science student and Pen Press’s principal editor; Hamid Fatimah, a 300 level Education Biology student and the Pen Press’s managing editor; and Mohammad Taoheed, a 200 level Law student and the Pen Press’s news editor.

In an interview with Hayatullahi, he expressed happiness over the selection and appreciated CJID for the training opportunity. He said that “I am very sure that the training will improve my journalism skills and expose me to data journalism. It will give me an opportunity to explore beyond campus journalism and help me navigate through meeting new people to work with on the field. I am very happy and hope this training opens more opportunities for me and my fellows. I see myself producing data stories after the training.”

He advised fellow journalists not to stop shooting for opportunities and noted that there’s always a time for rejection, selection, and congratulation.

Another shortlisted applicant, Shereefdeen Ahmad told Campus Reporter that, “This training will reinforce and expose me to sourcing, visualization of data and its application to storytelling.” He commended CJID for the resourceful opportunity to train campus journalists on data journalism.

The only shortlisted female applicant from UDUS, Hamid Fatimah was elated for making it to the list. She said that she believes in herself and the maxim that says ‘what a man can do a woman can do it better’. “This training will add to my journalism knowledge and it will also be an eye opener to the nook and cranny of data journalism,” she said.

“My advice to my fellow journalists is to never relent, be optimistic, passion-driven and believe that rejection will always come, but the passion they have for journalism will keep them moving.”

When speaking with Campus Reporter, the president of the National Association of Campus Journalists (NACJ) UDUS chapter, Abdulwasiu Olokooba, a 500-level student of Law, expressed gladness over the achievement. He said, “I feel fulfilled that NACJ members were able to take advantage of all the life-changing opportunities that are coming their way. It shows how progressive we have been in recent times.”

“The next target is how to expose our members to international gigs and opportunities because I believe they have what it takes to compete at the global level,” he added.

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