Recognising the rigours of journalism and the effects it can have on journalists’ mental health, Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) has continued to push the discussion on the need for a holistic approach to the welfare of journalists that addresses both the body and the mind with its Journalists’ Psychotherapy Sessions initiative.
On the 23rd of March 2019, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) gathered a small group of journalists for a mental wellness session at The Olive Prime Psychology Services Centre (TOPS), in Abuja.
As Nigerians across board head to the polls to exercise their civic duty in the 2019 general elections in less than 24 hours, it is important to note that attacks on journalists and observers covering the elections are a crime against democracy.
In Kaduna, Habiba, a young lady on the streets of Barnawa holding a baby and a stick of weed shares her story, “I did not decide to be an addict, my family were a trouble to me, I was treated ill from others, I didn’t feel loved by my parents so and I started to find solace with my friends and neighbours, who introduced me to a cigarette- like stick, I was 16 yrs old I did not like it at first but it gave me a good feeling, I was always smiling and my worries became less. I want to stop, I tried to stop but each time I go a day without codeine cough syrup or weed I become sad and depressed and I feel like the world is going to end – So I continue, stopping will be very hard for me. Sometimes I feel sick but I can’t stop”.
On the 23rd of January 2019, there was a prayer meeting held by People Living with disabilities at the unity fountain of Abuja. About 50 people gathered to pray for assent on a bill that in their belief would lead to good radical changes in their lives. A bill that promises better inclusion and organisation, for a populous demographic (about 10.5%) in Nigeria to be a part of their country and its development, a bill that looks like the right call for a government that wishes to enhance the lives of its citizens. That the proponents of this bill had to resort to such desperate measures shows how much these class of citizens have been so far neglected.
Once upon a time in Nigeria, education was free, health care services were easily accessed, the agricultural sector thrived immensely and the happiness and comfortability of the citizens mattered greatly to the government. it was an era that ended somewhere around the millennium. A story the present generation listens to with awe and wonder asking, “will there ever be a time like this again?
The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism held its second Report Women Fellowship in Lagos Nigeria from the 1st to the 4th of October 2018. This year’s fellowship brought together 20 female Journalists from across Africa.
The Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism as part of its Journalists’ Welfare project invites journalists across all-region in Nigeria to participate in a survey to determine the prevalence of work-related stress amongst journalists and its effect on the psychological welfare of journalists. The survey is commissioned to enable a data-driven approach to combat the challenges of the effect of the job on the psychological welfare of journalists. Read More
Eyes shining, smiling widely, Kabir Adejumo walked forward to receive yet another award, his third of the night. Though he was sitting less than ten steps from the podium, the thrill, euphoria and awe that comes from bagging three awards in one night turned ten steps into a thousand miles, at least according to him. This last award was for the best campus journalist (male) and it is indeed the first of its kind in Nigeria. Read More
It was not a typical Wednesday morning. It was cold and the sky was darkened from the heavy rainfall of the night before. I remember this vividly because I had grudgingly gotten out of bed, bumped my foot against the edge of the bed and desperately wished it was the weekend so I wouldn’t go to work. But it wasn’t! Read More
The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ on Wednesday ended a three-day security training for journalists.
The event held at the Bolton White Hotels and Apartments, Wuse, Abuja.