Digital Media Revolution Impacting Journalism and Peace-building, Says PARTNER Chief

Zakari Haruna - Kaduna 

The media landscape has undergone a significant transformation from offline to online platforms, according to Danjuma Dawop, Chief of Party at Peace Action for Rapid and Transformative Nigerian Early Warning Response (PARTNER). 

Speaking at a one-day training on Conflict-Sensitive Reporting workshop for media practitioners in Kaduna, Dawop highlighted the paradigm shift caused by digital media and its impact on the profession.

Traditionally, journalists sourced information through direct engagement, but digital media has changed this, allowing anyone to disseminate news, often unverified. 

Dawop emphasized the need for a robust risk assessment framework to empower local actors, social media platforms, and international partners to anticipate and prevent potential harm.

Journalists serve as agents of peace, and through social media, they can disseminate information fostering unity among communities. However, the abundance of unverified news circulating poses a challenge for journalists. 

The workshop, themed "Digital Peace-building Approach," aimed to educate media practitioners on the impact of social media on journalism and peace-building.

Steve Agbo, Coordinator of the PARTNER project at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Abuja, emphasized the project's objective of fostering sustainable peace in Nigeria, particularly in nine intervention states. 

"Journalists play a vital role in disseminating accurate information and ensuring conflict-sensitive reporting practices."

The PARTNER consortium includes WANEP, KSPC, PPBA, Mambayya House, and The Kukah Centre, covering nine states: Benue, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Kogi, Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau, and Zamfara.

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