Nigeria

Internews began working in Nigeria in 2003 training journalists how to report on HIV/AIDS. Most recently, work in Nigeria focused on the Kogi and Cross River states, offering training and mentoring to the local media, with specific interventions for radio journalists, talk show hosts, DJs and media managers.

Media literacy training for health implementers and civil community based organizations was also offered in support of more effective engagement with the mass media. Over the past several years, in collaboration with a cadre of trained media professionals across Nigeria, Internews successfully employed media advocacy to advance public policy that improved the health of tens of thousands of Nigerians.

Internews’ program ensured that journalists understood the fundamentals of fair and balanced reporting as well as the social, cultural, economic and political dimensions of health and education problems. Internews staff trained and mentored over 300 journalists from 64 media houses to produce more than 800 stories.

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