Civic Media Lab Rounds UP 3-day Workshop For CSOs
The Civic Media Lab today completed its three day workshop held with Civil Society Organisations from
all over Nigeria.
The workshop tagged “News Reporting for CSOs” started on Monday with participants from frontline
organizations such as Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Tracka an affiliate of
Budgit Nigeria, Legal Defense and Assistance Project (LEDAP), Arewa Research and Development Project,
Centre for Leadership and Strategic Development and Synergos.
Some of the topics discussed at the workshop include, the Value of PR, Generating Story Ideas, Building
and maintaining good relationship with the media and also the art of newswriting and investigative
This workshop was organized by the Civic Media Lab to expose the Civil Society Organisations to the
many advantages in developing stories from the many interventions they carry out.
Speaking at the Workshop, the Director, Civic Media Lab, Seun Akinfolarin stressed the need for CSOs to
identify and use the media as a veritable tool for advancement of their cause to ensure a better society
and a more effective democracy.
“We need to do more as NGOs to get our works out there and get the people to see the extent of decay
and champion measures to help achieve a better society”.
Also on hand were veteran journalists, Theophilus Abbah, from Daily Trust and Joshua Olayemi from
Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism who helped participants open new frontiers in
developing news stories.
At the workshop, representatives of the participating organisations were exposed to several ways of
generating stories and humanizing them to spark the necessary reactions. They discussed sever
The aim of the workshop is also to foster a good relationship among the CSOs and at the end, we have
organisations like ARDP offering to support SERAP in some of their interventions.
The participants lauded the workshop and are ready to work with the Civic Media Lab to develop stories
with the ultimate goal of ensuring an accountable society. This was done in partnership with Premium
Times, Daily Trust and Sahara Reporters.