AMDF, to Host Kaduna Social Media Engagement Day
…..targets Media Managers, CSOs, Others
By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
The Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF), a Non Governmental Organization, passionate in providing professional support for journalists and ensuring that their capacity are effectively enhanced, said it has concluded arrangement to host the Kaduna Social Media Engagement Day 2017, to highlight the importance of social media in various life endeavour, especially in the dissemination of information to large audience.
Coordinator of AMDF, Sekyen Dadik, disclosed this at a press briefing to intimate journalists on the upcoming activities of the organization which is aimed at engaging relevant stakeholders for strategic results, scheduled to take place Thursday 18th May.
The programme according the Coordinator, is targeted at Managers from mainstream media, Online publishers, Reporters, programme producers, programme presenters; Civil society organizations, Government agencies, and Private sector businesses using social media for communications activities.
She, noted that, “the place of social media in the society today cannot be ignored – while journalism is known as the fourth estate of the realm, today world over, the social media is termed the fifth estate of the realm.
“The activity will feature two paper presentations and a panel discussion on how the media professionals and CSOs have been using the social media effectively – with a view to improving their impact.
“AMDF had sought partnership from organisations with interest in social media and they are forthcoming. We have the assurances of our usual partners. We have expanded and shared the concept with a DFID project, Engaged Citizens Pillar (ECP) on 9th of February, 2017. They are also forthcoming and will support the process.
“We recognize you, the media also as our partners and major stakeholders in achieving our desired outcomes for the Social media engagement, and we will continue to count on your support to succeed.”
Highlighting some of their achievements in the past, Mrs. Dadik, said, “we have had the opportunity to train journalists in online journalism, Peace Journalism, Development Journalism among other trainings.
“Also we have successfully completed our first Internship Programme which was aimed at exposing graduates of mass communication and journalism who have no experience to the field of journalism.
“In collaboration with GIWAC, a non governmental organisation, we trained a number of journalists on reporting violence against women and girls.”
She also revealed that AMDF is planning a number of activities in the days to come, one of which is the Media Clinic, an annual event which brings together Media Executives, Media Practitioners, Development Partners to discuss issues that affect the media and proffer possible solutions.