Journalism’s Silent Battle

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism is set to premiere a documentary titled ‘Journalism’s Silent Battle’ to commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The short documentary is an exposition on the state of press freedom in the country at present and highlights victims’ experiences, assessment of efforts by professional bodies and CSO’s to advance press freedom in the country and emphasizes strategies to advance the struggle for complete freedom of the press.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ in General Assembly Resolution. The Resolution urged the Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013. This landmark resolution condemns all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers. It also urges the Member States to do their utmost to prevent violence against journalists and media workers, to ensure accountability, bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against journalists and media workers, and ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies. It further calls upon States to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference.

Although Nigeria is a member state, it still falls far below expectation according to the World Press Freedom Index 2018, despite moving up from 122 in 2017 to 119 in 2018. The plurality of the Nigerian press industry, with highest numbers of privately owned media outlets in Africa notwithstanding, journalists are still attacked, harassed, arrested and detained, in the course of their duty and even family members and friends of journalists are not exempt. In almost all instances of such attacks, there is little or no effort to prosecute perpetrators; it is against this backdrop, that conversations around this subject matter must remain an agenda.

The documentary, produced as part of the PTCIJ’s Press Freedom Program, will serve as an advocacy tool to further the cause of a freer press in Nigeria and will be premiered at the launch of the #ISupportFreePress campaign organised by Reboot, a social impact organisation advancing social justice, in partnership with the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism.

Newsroom Diversity Survey

Newsroom Diversity Survey

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism as part of its Journalists’ Welfare Campaign invites journalists and media workers across Nigeria to participate in the Best Newsroom survey, designed to help identify the best media organization to work for in the country.

This first-of-its-kind approach to recognizing and celebrating excellence in the media industry based on the staff’s perception of the organization rather than just the products of their work is important especially in view of worsening conditions of service for journalists and increased advocacy for better welfare for journalists.

This survey explores the media organization’s ability to satisfy needs that have been classified according to pre-identified parameters which adopt the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory, exploring the individual’s relationship with the organization including its culture and policies, colleagues and the environment in which all parties operate.

This survey will be extensively distributed across all media organizations and at the end, the best newsrooms to work for will be ranked based on the responses gathered and awarded accordingly.

The Journalist Welfare Campaign is part of the PTCIJ’s Press Freedom project and its objective is to improve the welfare of journalists through advocacy; reports of poor work conditions, lack of basic employee benefits such as insurance, pension, healthcare with the added security risk of doing good journalism among other issues, necessitated a deliberate focus on the holistic welfare of journalists.

A random sampling of the media organisation’s in Nigeria show that most media houses do not pay adequate salaries neither do they pay as at when due. While there have been several attempts to improve the working conditions of journalists including the Nigerian Union of Journalists efforts in 1986 and 2007; the issue of better welfare for journalists is only now becoming an agenda, receiving attention because of the advocacy efforts of the Journalists’ Welfare Campaign among other things.

This survey is another one of such advocacy efforts, identifying objectively media organisations that are making efforts to improve the working conditions of their staff members and naming and shaming those who are not making such efforts. Other activities of the campaign include dialogue with stakeholders such as media owners, professional bodies like the NUJ and government as well as training for media managers, especially on best newsroom management practices.

It is hoped that at the conclusion of the Journalists’ Welfare Campaign, journalists will have holistic better working conditions which will enable them to perform the patriotic duty of holding government accountable, informing and educating the public.

The survey can be found here.

International Day of The Girl Child

International Day of The Girl Child

The International Day of the girl child falls every year on the 11th of October and the 2018 theme is “With Her: A Skilled Workforce”. According to the United Nations, this year like the previous six years marks the commencement of a year of work that will be done by collaborating with partners and stakeholders to bring awareness, advocate for and invest in challenges and opportunities imperative for girls to achieve the skills they need for their employability. Read More

VACANCY – Software Developer

VACANCY – Software Developer

Software Developer
Responsibilities

Work with developers to design algorithms and flowcharts.
Produce clean and efficient code based on specifications.
Integrate software components and third-party programs.
Verify and deploy programs and systems.
Troubleshoot, debug and upgrade existing software.
Gather and evaluate user feedback.
Recommend and execute improvements.
Create technical documentation for reference and reporting.
Plus any other responsibility as may be required.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:

Proven experience as a Software Developer, Software Engineer or similar role.
Familiarity with Agile development methodologies
Experience with software design and development in a test-driven environment
Knowledge of coding languages (e.g. C++, Java, JavaScript) and frameworks/systems (e.g. AngularJS, Git)
Experience with databases.
Ability to learn new languages and technologies
Excellent communication skills
Resourcefulness and troubleshooting aptitude
Attention to detail.
A Bachelor’s Degree

VACANCY: Media Narratives on Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria – Media Monitoring Expert

VACANCY: Media Narratives on Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria – Media Monitoring Expert

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Project Background

Media Narratives on Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria is a joint project of Free Press Unlimited with The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (henceforth PTCIJ). The project aims to contribute to a more, professional, unbiased media that function as a change catalyst in Nigerian society through the following activities – media monitoring, training of journalists on conflict-sensitive reporting and workshops with the security sector.

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Mental Health Care for Reporters gets Attention as Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism and The Olive Prime Psychological Services sign Memorandum Of Understanding

Mental Health Care for Reporters gets Attention as Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism and The Olive Prime Psychological Services sign Memorandum Of Understanding

As part of the Journalism Welfare Campaign, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) and The Olive Prime Psychological services(TOPS) Limited, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday 10 September at the PTCIJ office in Abuja to provide free mental health assessment and care for journalists.

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Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism Conducts Survey on Workplace Related Stress In Journalism

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism Conducts Survey on Workplace Related Stress In Journalism

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

Nigerian Journalists gather to talk on welfare

Nigerian Journalists gather to talk on welfare

A roundtable discussion around the welfare of Nigerian journalists will hold in Abuja, Tuesday 28 August.

Event Organizers, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Coalition of Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF), said in a release on Friday that a social media campaign with the same purpose will hold earlier on the day.

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Nigerian Journalists Welfare Campaign

Nigerian Journalists Welfare Campaign

Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism in partnership with its strategic partner, Coalition of Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF), is conducting a social media campaign “Journalists Welfare Campaign” and a roundtable discussion for Journalists on the 28th August 2018 in Abuja Nigeria.

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