From Ismail Muhammad, Duste
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has trained about 100 working journalists in Jigawa State on digital journalism.
The agency advised them not to be purveyors of fake news.
Declaring the workshop open, the Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations of the agency, HajiyaHadiza Umar, said the event was the fifth of its kind, stating that it was done in Abuja, Kwara, Kano, Kebbi States and now Jigawa.
She expressed happiness with media men and women for their cordial relationship, adding that they were committed to make journalists digital based for a wide range in the interest of the nation.
Umar pointed out that the aim and objective of the workshop was to regulate frame work in digital journalism.
She said through the training, media practitioners would learn digital innovation, cyber security and emerging technology.
“We have to consume what we produced as well as to know the realities of today and demands of the future,” she pointed out.
In his remarks on behalf of the state governor, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Governor, MalamHabibuNuhuKiIa called on the participants to make good use of what they have learnt from the training so that they could impart the knowledge to others.
He advised them to make sure that their stories were balanced and true before going to the press.
In his paper, ‘Journalism Ethics in Era of Global Information Disorder,’ Malam Sabo AbdullahiGuri, counseled the participants to adhere strictly to the code of ethics of the profession as well as to eschew from reporting hate speech and fake news items