by Paul Agada
Veteran journalist, Mr Lekan Otufodunrin, on Thursday, December 12, 2019, has urged journalists to step up their efforts in reporting migration and its impact on the populace.
Otufodunrin made this call as one of the facilitators at a media workshop organized by a non-governmental organization, The Migrant Project which featured the journalists from various media organizations in Lagos State.
He observed that stories on migration have an impact on the society; hence the need for reporters to be diligent in gathering information for their stories for publishing.
He told the listening audience to do follow up stories after filing a migration report, as well as examine the driving force behind irregular emigration by Nigerians to other parts of the world, particularly to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea despite the risks involved.
Otufodunrin who urged journalists to embrace data journalism, stressed the need for them to optimize the use of various multimedia tools readily available to them. He noted that this would help reporters convey their messages across to their audience better.
In his address, Tayo Elegbede, the Media Coordinator, The Migrant Project, urged the media practitioners to play an active role through their reportage to debunk myths driving irregular migration by Nigerians in search of greener pastures.
Participants at the event commended the organizers for putting the event together, and training journalists in the reportage of migration.
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