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theme: Advancing Development Journalism Towards Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Inspire. Innovate. Evolve


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Development Journalism is the kind of journalism that pays sustained attention to the coverage of ideas, policies, programs, activities and events dealing with the improvement of the life of people.
-- David O. Edeani (1993)

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Africa Conference on Development Journalism (ACDJ) is an Annual Media Conference, organized by Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF), to serve as an avenue for exchange of ideas in addressing current and emerging issues facing Development Journalism.

 

The conference is also meant to create a community of learning that will support the growth of Development Journalism in Africa.

 

In 2017, Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) held the first Media Conference entitled "Role of Media in Curbing Maternal Death".

 

In 2018, the conference focused on “Africa's Rising Population: Media as a tool for Harnessing Demographic Dividends". It was based on the fact that despite the rise in population in African nations, the continent continued to lag behind on development indicators.

 

The theme for 2019 is ‘Advancing Development Journalism Towards Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Inspire. Innovate. Evolve’. The key focus is projecting development issues and how the media can be strategically and effectively utilised to deliver development messages.

 

The annual conference is providing platform for improved relationship between the Media and other stakeholders towards achieving better outcomes for development.

 

Our goal is to ensure that participants who will come from Nigeria and other African countries will understand how to use the media to promote and support the attainment of the SDGs.

 

When Journalists leave the conference, they should be able to;

 
  • Bring out the impact that various policies, programs and actions have on ordinary citizens
  • Highlight innovation and success stories that will motivate people and inspire change
  • Give voice to the voiceless
  • Monitor and evaluate public programmes and policies
  • Follow-up stories to ensure that public pronouncements of officials are translated into actions
  • Signalling that development issues are important through placement and enhancement.

Why Development Journalism Conference?

 

Development journalism is generally seen as the type of journalism that focuses on national development, especially in the developing countries. It is however a concept in many of such countries, where journalists are yet to put it to full practice. African journalists still give greater attention to their leaders in their stories and hardly project development issues, which negatively affect the development and growth of the nation.

 

Development journalism is meant to look at news reportage in a way that will foster national development to the benefit of the greater masses, in order to gain both social and mental control over domain.

 

The idea behind it is similar to investigative reporting, but development journalism focuses on conditions in developing nations and ways to improve them.

 

A Mass Communication scholar, David O. Edeani (1993) rightly puts it when he said, “Development Journalism is the kind of journalism that pays sustained attention to the coverage of ideas, policies, programs, activities and events dealing with the improvement of the life of people.”

 

The concept of Development Journalism revolves around postulations that the media have the capacity and power to promote positive change. It recognizes the reality of underdevelopment and the fact that development is a valid social goal that the media must actively pursue.

 

Benefit of Development Journalism
It;

  • Exposes the journalists to issues affecting the people whose voice they claim project.
  • Stimulates intervention to the plight of the citizenry.
  • Gives the people the opportunity to tell their story.
  • Allows the space and freedom to move beyond pity to give way to a more empathic debate about problems and solutions. In this way, it can play a major part in giving power back to an individual or a community.

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