Opinion Journal MHNG Opinion Picks of the Week

Undoubtedly, the last thing President Muhammadu Buhari wants to put up with now are blunders that will bring unnecessary attention to how well he should be performing in managing the country. But it really appears some of the president’s aides are oblivious of this fact; and of the danger of the failure to oversee the affairs of citizens that are almost completely disillusioned with the government. The recent report on the expulsion of the state…

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK

FG, get serious about Malabu bribery probe Prospecting oil Licence 245, originally owned by Malabu Oil and Gas Limited, but sold to two oil companies operating in Nigeria, has spawned a web of corruption likely to haul the country into the abyss of infamy.  It is estimated to be worth about $500 billion. Reported to be the country’s richest oil asset, but sold for a little above $1 billion, the oil block has spiralled into…

Six mistakes journalists make when applying for fellowships and training

Have you applied to several fellowship programs or training courses without success? You could be making one of several common errors on your application. As a follow-up to IJNet’s live chat on nabbing a journalism fellowship, veteran journalist Patrick Butler identified six mistakes journalists make when applying for a fellowship, scholarship or training course. As vice president of programs for the International Center for Journalists, Butler has reviewed thousands of applications and knows what won’t…

7 worldwide journalism opportunities to apply for in May

  Looking to expand your journalism toolkit, take on a new beat or receive recognition for your work? Check out these promising courses, fellowships and competitions with deadlines in May.fellowships and competitions with deadlines in May. Each is open to journalists worldwide. Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Program Deadline: May 1, 2017 Scholars and academics from any discipline can apply to this residency in Bellagio, Italy, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. Participants spend four weeks establishing…

Why Africans worry about how Africa is portrayed in western media by Remi Adekoya

On a Polish TV station last weekend, I was asked to comment on a documentary depicting life in the slums of Katanga, Uganda, aired in the context of what was described as a “demographic ticking bomb” facing the east African nation. The documentary was a Polish journalist’s take on the latest UN projections, which forecast an impending population boom in Africa. The number of people on the continent is expected to double from 1 to…

Contest calls on journalists to make fact-checking go viral

Society is in the midst of a truth crisis. We now live in a world in which citizens are more likely to trust a haphazard meme that pops up in a search engine than the news media itself. Readers often measure an article’s trustworthiness based not on who wrote it, but on who shared it with them. TruthBuzz, a new contest from the International Center for Journalists and the Craig Newmark Foundation, wants to encourage…

WELCOME TO OUR NEW PARTNER; SCHOOL OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS (SMC)

Our new partner, School of Media and Communications (SMC).The mission of the MHNG NETWORK is to provide the opportunity and platform for media professionals to interrogate the challenges that impede the growth of the media industry and provide solutions for the advancement of media in Nigeria. One of our strategies has been to collaborate with media institutions on CAPACITY BUILDING. Please welcome the School of Media and Communications as we work together to promote professionalism…

PRESS RELEASE: Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program for the 2018/2019

Esteemed Media Colleague: The Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria is pleased to announce the annual call for applications for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program for the 2018/2019 academic year. The Hubert Humphrey Fellowship program is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). This program provides mid-career professionals from designated countries, including Nigeria, with an opportunity to participate in a specialized, 10-month, non-degree…

Opinion: Ikoyi loot is my money; Please return to me by Bayo Olupohunda

Editor’s note: The recent discovery of the mystery money in Ikoyi Lagos totaling N13billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has sparked outrage among Nigerians. A new twist was however added to the unfolding drama when Governor Wike and the Nigeria Intelligence Agency both lay claim to the money. NAIJ.com editor-in-chief, Bayo Olupohunda, in this sarcastic piece also claims the recovered loot belongs to him, asking the EFCC to return his money. Dear Nigerians,…

Lagos slums are being razed to make way for luxury properties. That’s Nigeria Remi Adekoya

This month, thousands of Nigerians have been rendered homeless after police stormed Otodo-Gbame, a riverbank community in the country’s commercial capital, Lagos, razing homes and chasing away residents with bullets and teargas. This comes after 4,700 people in the settlement had their homes demolished in March, and 30,000 were evicted last November, so altogether tens of thousands of people have been systematically chased off lands that they have inhabited, in many cases, since the colonial era….

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