AMDF to Hold Conference to Support Growth of Development Journalism in Africa
By uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF), a media development organisation based in Kaduna, will December this year hold a conference to support growth of Development Journalism in Africa.
The Annual Media Conference ‘Africa Conference on Development Journalism (ACDJ)’ 2019 is with the theme: ‘Advancing Development Journalism Towards Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Inspire. Innovate. Evolve’, (#ACDJ2019) is expected to project SDG issues and how the media can be strategically and effectively utilised to deliver development messages.
The organization in a statement signed by the Executive Director, Iliya Kure, said the conference is meant to serve as an avenue for exchange of ideas in addressing current and emerging issues facing Development Journalism, as well as create a community of learning that will support the growth of Development Journalism in Africa.
According to him, “so far, the conference has provided platform for improved relationship between the Media and other stakeholders towards achieving better outcomes for development.
“Our goal is to ensure that participants who will come from Nigeria and other African countries will understand how to effectively use the media to promote and support the attainment of the SDGs.
“In 2017, Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) held the first Journalism Conference which focused on “Role of Media in Curbing Maternal Deaths”.
He explained that the organisation’s expectations are that “when journalists leave the conference, they should be able to; Bring out the impact that various policies, programs and actions have on ordinary citizens, highlight innovation and success stories that will motivate people and inspire change.
“Give voice to the voiceless, monitor and evaluate public programmes and policies, follow-up stories to ensure that public pronouncements of officials are translated into actions, signalling that development issues are important through placement and enhancement.”
“Development journalism is generally seen as the type of journalism that focuses on national development, especially in the developing countries. It is however a concept in many of such countries, where journalists are yet to put it to full practice.
“African journalists still give greater attention to their leaders in their stories and hardly project development issues, which negatively affect the development and growth of their nations.” Kure added.
He therefore urged the media practitioners to visit the conference website for www.djconference.org for further information.