ABOUT PEACE JOURNALISTS NETWORK

The Peace Journalists Network is a coalition of Nigerian Journalists committed to following the tenets of Peace Journalism, which include the following: reporting peace initiatives across the country; uncovering the non-visible effects of conflicts on societies and individuals; going beyond the conflict issues; reporting the systemic and structural causes of conflict; emphasising solutions to conflicts; avoiding incendiary comments, hate and dangerous speech; relying not only on official sources but also and more importantly, on the direct victims of the conflicts; encouraging the society to value non-violent responses and peaceful resolution to conflicts; giving greater voice to peace makers across the country. Download Our Foundation Newsletter

Why Peace Journalism in Nigeria?

As Nigeria gradually recovers from the Boko Haram insurgency, it is important that stories of peace, reconciliation, forgiveness and justice are well told. When stories of community peace-building and reconciliation efforts are told, it would inspire other communities to undertake similar peace and reconciliation programs. Throughout Nigeria, there are several of such local peace-building and reconciliation efforts, but they are hardly reported. By reporting such efforts, Peace Journalists will help create an enabling socio-political environment for conflict transformation processes to take root in Nigeria. Furthermore, it is important to curate and also cultivate various peace initiatives in Nigeria so that they can all morph into a viable national narrative for sustainable conflict transformation. Now, more than ever before, Nigeria needs more trusted voices to speak out for peace and reconciliation.

Purpose of the Peace Journalists Network

  • Develop and maintain best practices on Peace Journalism in Nigeria.
  • Develop guidelines for Peace Journalism practice in Nigeria.
  • Train and maintain a database of Peace Journalists in Nigeria.
  • Maintain a database of expertise, resources, contacts that are useful to peace reporting.
  • Serve as a focal-point for Peace Journalism in Nigeria.

Why are we doing this?

  • To create an enabling socio-political environment for conflict transformation processes to take root in Nigeria.
     
  • To use the media to leverage peace building achievements across Nigeria.
     
  • To expand the role of the media and other public diplomacy activities in transforming patterns of conflict in Nigeria and build local cultures of peace across the country.
     
  • To curate and cultivate various peace initiatives in Nigeria and merge them into a viable and compelling national narrative for sustainable conflict transformation.
     
  • To ensure that local peace efforts (including traditional reconciliation and conflict resolution methods) are emphasized and made relevant to national peace dialogues and discourses.

Who benefits?

This website is for Nigerian journalists.  Its main purpose is to share perspectives, exchange best practices, seek feedback from colleagues, and learn about new developments in the emerging field of Peace Journalism.  Our main means of communicating is through our professional forum for practitioners.  Visitors are invited to share stories, ask questions, participate in lively debate.  No memberships or passwords required.

Students and people interested in peace studies may also be interested in perusing the content, which will be regularly updated, and participating in discussions.  

You can also contact us by phone or email.


One of the core problems with Conventional or War Reporting is that it is based on the faulty assumption that violence is a direct response to conflicts and crises.
— Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob
 

 

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

The Peace Journalists Network is a collaborative project of the US Embassy in Abuja and the American University of Nigeria, Yola