IPC plans training for 12 media monitors for 2023 poll – The Sun Nigeria

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The International Press Center said it plans to hold a two-day training from October 1-2 for 12 media monitors, ahead of the 2023 general election.

Mr. Olutoyin Ayoade, Communications Officer, Component 4, IPC, said so in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
Ayoade said the training will prepare print and online media to monitor, cover and report on all processes of the 2023 election.

According to him, the training consists of assessing the level of compliance with professional and ethical standards of the mainstream and online newspapers selected for the exercise.

“Monitoring will be carried out within the expectations of the Nigerian Media Code on Election Coverage, which sets out the expected responsibilities of journalists and other media professionals during elections.

“The Electoral Media Code was endorsed by professional media bodies and associations and nearly 300 individual media outlets in 2018.

“It lists what journalists and media management must do to ensure social accountability and integrity, fair access for parties and candidates.

“Access to media for disadvantaged groups, including women, people with disabilities and young people; conflict sensitivity and avoidance of hate speech,” he said.

He said the training was one of the activities of Component 4 (Media Support) of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria-Phase 2 (EUSDGN II) project.

Ayoade said it was implemented by IPC, along with its partner, the Institute of Media and Society.

According to him, the objective of the media component was to support the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria.

He said the media would help facilitate the key ingredient of credible elections through commitment and professionalism in covering and reporting electoral processes.

“The first day of the training aims to strengthen the skills of the monitors on media monitoring processes and methodologies.

“They will be introduced to the philosophical basis and technical aspects involved in media monitoring, the outcome of which must include an agreement between the project implementation team and the monitors on the topics.

“It will also focus on qualitative and quantitative indices, standards for evaluation, analysis of media reports and the coding system.

“Monthly monitoring findings and results will serve as instruments for engagement with journalists and media managers to address identified gaps and agree on measures for improvement,” he said.

He added that the goal of the IPC was to ensure the credibility of election information before, during and after the 2023 elections. (NAN)

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