Polling fundamentals and concepts: An overview for journalists

The 2016 presidential election surprised many because Donald Trump’s win defied the vast majority of polls. In the aftermath, some are blaming journalists for rushing information out quickly without explaining basic polling caveats. Despite all the lavish attention, polls are only as valid as their design, execution and analysis. The best polls are produced by independent, nonpartisan polling organizations, with no vested interest in the outcome of the findings. These include organizations like Gallup and the Pew…

Opinion Journal: MHNG Opinion Picks of the Week

I hovered around the patched precincts of the magistrate court, Zone 2, Abuja on November 23, 2015. It was tumultuous day. A stomping and surging crowd massed around the court, just as a phalanx of gun-toting security agents planted itself in the sanctuary of justice. Why? Nnamdi Kanu was being expected! After weeks of feeding him mute, misery and torture, the Department of State Services (DSS) eventually brought him before a court. It was a…

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK

Failure of immunisation in Nigeria, disturbing FAR too slack in implementing its policies, Nigeria’s notoriety for spurning scientifically-proven solutions to its health needs has provoked international anxiety. Notably, two United Nations agencies have raised a fresh alert about the failure of immunisation in the country. The World Health Organisation and United Nations Children’s Fund blame a host of factors for the costly negligence. Diseases are escalating here because immunisation programmes are handled with levity. Therefore,…

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U.S. Provides $9.5 Million in Assistance to WFP to Ensure Good Health of Pregnant Women, Children under Five ABUJA –The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional $9.5 million to the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) to ensure more than 175,000 mothers and children under five do not suffer from malnutrition during this year’s “lean” season. The grant from USAID’s Health, Population, and Nutrition Office, augments ongoing support…

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MEDIA SUPPORT INITIATIVE MHNG NETWORK PARTNERS PAN-ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS TO TRAIN 25 JOURNALISTS ON THE ART OF INTERVIEWING The art of interviewing is one of the most important skills that a journalist needs to expand on information, clarify facts and see things from different perspectives. This was made clear at a one-day workshop on “The Art of Interviewing,” which took place on Tuesday 23, May, 2017, at the Pan-Atlantic University. The...

Opinion Journal: MHNG Opinion Picks of the Week

France recently made a history by electing 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron as its president. Since Macron became the president, many people, especially Nigerians are also calling for young and vibrant person to become the next president of Nigeria.. In a Facebook user, Omololu Omotosho, writes on the prospect of Nigeria having young president in the next general election. Nigerian youth need to stand up and be counted. Power is never given but earned. Spending valuable time…

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK

Building the Critical Mass for the National Anti-Corruption Strategy After 18 years of groping in the dark, Nigeria has finally presented a National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS 2017-2021) Framework to stakeholders. This feat, occurring during a recent adoption/validation meeting in April in Abuja, is a watershed, as no administration, since 1960, has managed to place such a framework before the public, despite the seemingly bold rhetoric against corruption by successive governments. PREMIUM TIMES congratulates the government…

Tips for staying safe while covering violent protests

Recent aggressions against journalists during protests — as happened earlier this year during the unrest in Mexico over gas shortages — means it’s a good time to review the risks that journalists face when covering demonstrations or repressive security forces. Going it alone The first risk is that journalists tend to cover these events alone and in a disorganized way. Having more colleagues in the vicinity won’t help you if all of them are going at…

Opinion Journal MHNG Opinion Picks of the Week

  Acting president or coordinating vice president? Nigeria is a peculiar country and she is not in any hurry to shed this unwholesome peculiarity. It is not out of place to describe any nation or entity as being peculiar, after all, individuality is entrenched in man as it is second nature to nationalities. The problem emerges when a particular peculiarity is becoming more of an albatross standing in the way of development and progress. In…

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK

  ICAN and the source of Nigeria’s economic failure Blaming years of neglect and mismanagement for the country’s unsatisfactory state and convinced of the urgent need to reinvent the economic wheel, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) on April 24, 2017 invited “experts in various fields” to an economic discourse to help identify and articulate the economic challenges, find short, medium and long-term solutions to them as well as to chart “how to…

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